Studio Visit: Nick Hornby

“We are all loaded with so much baggage. I know my own I identity which I inherited is damned with
frames and conditions. To some extent we spend our lives trying to free ourselves of that baggage.
Maybe if you come across a sculpture, you ask yourself. What’s behind it? Oh, I see. It’s a mixture of
multiple ideas. Oh maybe I’m a mixture of multiple ideas.”                                                                                                                                                                            
(Nick Hornby in an interview April 2012)  


Nick Hornby is a British artist living and working in London, England. He has exhibited in the UK, the US, Switzerland, Greece, and India, including Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, Fitzwilliam Museum, United Kingdom; Eyebeam, New York; and The Hub, Athens Greece. His most recent exhibition, with Sinta Tantra, was at One Canary Wharf in 2013. Hornby was a 2011 artist in residence at Eyebeam, New York. Other residencies include the ICIA (Mumbai), and the Fleischmann Foundation (Slovakia). He has been awarded several Prizes including the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize, RBKC Artists’ Professional Development Bursary, the Deidre Hubbard Sculpture Award, and the BlindArt Prize; and he was shortlisted for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture Prize and the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize. His work has been featured on Artforum.comWiredConde Naste Traveler, and Time Out, among others. He has a special commission permanently sited at the Andaz 5th Avenue, New York, and the Poznan-Lawica Airport, Poland, as part of the 2012 Third Mediations Biennale.

In his sculptures, Hornby develops abstract forms by combining aspects of iconic sculptures and architecture from many periods in order to create a new and vital language through reshaping, moving, distorting existing forms. Rearticulated as single shifting structures, the source material is grasped from different vantages but never held in place. In the 8-ft marble-dusted sculpture I Never Wanted To Weigh More Heavily on a Man Than a Bird (Coco Chanel), for example, Brancusi’s Bird in Space is glimpsed from one perspective, and Rodin’s Striding Man is caught from another. This early work, on view at the Museum of Art and Design during Hornby’s gallery exhibition, is a nearly alabaster sculpture, created using 3D mapping and precision cutting.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 – Nick Hornby, Churner and Churner, New York

2013 – Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra, One Canada Square, London

2011 – Matthew Burrows & Nick Hornby, The Solo projects, Basel

2010 – Atom vs Super Subject, Alexia Goethe Gallery, London [press release]

2008 – Tell Tale Heart, Camley Street Natural Park, London

2008 – Clifford Chance Sculpture Award

2008 – Clifford Chance, London

Selected Group Exhibitions & Events

2013 – Out of Hand, Materializing the Postdigital, Museum of Art and Design, NY

2013 – Ikono On Air Festival, Ikono, Berlin

2013 – Opinion Makers (group show concieved as paired juxtapositions of two artists),

    Enclave Gallery, London

2013 – NADA New York 2013, Churner and Churner Gallery

2013 – The Fine Line, Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong [press release]

2013 – Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London

2012 – NADA Miami Beach Art Fair

2012 – Churner and Churner Gallery

2012 – Polish Bienalle: Meditations – The Unknown, Poznan, Poland

2012 – Sculptors Drawings, Pangolin, London

2012 – I HEART 3D, Christies, London

2012 – This is London, Shizaru, London

2012 – Detour, Wimbledon College of Art, London

2011 – Aggregate, Churner & Churner, New York

2011 – Multiplied 2011 Contemporary Editions Fair, Christies, London

2011 – House of the Nobleman: The Return, 2 Cornwall Terrace, London

2011 – Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home, Standpoint Gallery, London

2011 – Non-Objectif Sud 2011 Fundraiser and Silent Auction, Bortolami Gallery, New York

2011 – Open Prototyping, Eyebeam, New York

2011 – Trajector Art Fair, Brussels (with Union Gallery / Jari Lager)

2011 – Are Pictures Always Paintings?Alexia Goethe Gallery, London

2010 – Patrons, Muses and Professionals, Eyebeam, New York

2010 – Volume One: Props, Events and Encounters. The Hub, Athens, Greece.

2010 – Spitalfields Sculpture Prize Shortlist Exhibition, London

2010 – Sculpture Promenade, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

2010 – Flaming July, Leighton House, London

2009 – RPG Residency Exhibition, Mumbai, India

2009 – ArtBarter, Rag Factory, London

2009 – RBS Busary Award Exhibition, RBS London.

2009 – Walking in Our Mind, Royal Festival Hall / Southbank, London

2009 – West London Studio Project – prologue, London 2012 Olympiad

2009 – The Ghost in the Machine, Visual Dialogues, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain.

2009 – The Voice and Nothing More, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London

2008 – Make Believe, Concrete & Glass, Cordy House, London, EC2

2008 – Gatti, London Canal Museum, Curated by Brooke Lynn McGowan

2008 – Anticipation, Selfridges, London

2008 – Clifford Chance Sculpure Award, Clifford Chance PLC, London

2007 – Future Map 07, The Arts Gallery, University of Arts London

2007 – MA Show Chelsea College of Art, London

2007 – How We May Be, Late at Tate, August, Tate Britain, London

2007 – Camberwell Arts Festival, Various Locations, London

2007 – I Am Your Worst Nightmare, Arnolfini, Bristol

2007 – Late Nights, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

2007 – Late at Tate, February, Tate Britain, London

2006 – Digital Space, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

2006 – Hayward Nights, Hayward Gallery, London

2006 – BlindArt, Bankside Gallery, London

2006 – Arctic Circle, ICA, London

2006 – Monstrous Tales, APT Gallery, London

2006 – Arctic Circle, Hayward Gallery, London

2006 – NODE.London, Media Arts London, Slade Woburn Square, London

2003 – BA Show, Slade School of Art


Prizes, Awards and Residencies

2012 – Residency, Stone Festival

2012 – The Bowes Museum

2012 – Shortlisted permanent commission V&A Cast Court, V&A, London

2012 – Residency, Ceramics, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London.

2011 – Residency at, Eyebeam, New York

2010 – Awarded RBKC Artists’ Professional Development Bursary

2009 – Awarded Deidre Hubbard Sculpture Award

2009 – RPG Residency – Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA House), Mumbai, India

2009 – Selected for 2009 / 2010 AA2A Scheme

2009 – Shortlisted £45,000 pitalfields Sculpture Prize

2009 – Courvoisier The Future 500, in partnership with The Observer

2009 – RBS Sculpture Bursary Award

2009 – Shortlisted Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

2009 – Guest Selector: Cornelia Parker.

2008 – Clifford Chance Sculpture Award 2008

2006 – £5,000 BlindArt Prize

2003 – University College London Convocation Travel Award

Selected Bibliography, Articles & Media

2013 – Bouncing Ideas Off Artist Nick Hornby, Jack Philips, Hung and Drawn Magazine

2013 – Deja Vu, Nick Hornby’s eerily familiar art. Jason Farago, Out Magazine, April Issue

(download pdf)

2013 – Interview: Nick Hornby and Sinta Tantra Activate One Canada Square in London,

Ashley McNelis, Whitewall magazine (download pdf)

2013 – RA Magazine’s Pick of the Week: Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra, One Canada Square

(download pdf)

2013 – Eyecandy, Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra’s Colourful Sculptures, Fan Zhong, W Magazine

(download pdf)

2013 – Monocle Culture Interview: Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra by Jack Phillips. Broadcast

Jan 28th.(5 minute clip)

2012 – Whose Form Is It Anyway? A New Media Curators Notes on Nick Hornby, Omar

Kholeif is a writer, editor and Curator at FACT, Liverpool.

2012 – Brutality and beauty, hunger and hybridity. –Brooke Lynn McGowan, Art &

Architecture Journa, Nov 2012 (download pdf)

2012 – I HEART 3D, Phoebe Crompton, One Stop Arts, Aug 20122012 – Uniquely Referential:

Nick Hornby, Angelica Pursley, Huffington Post, Apr 2012

2012 – Men at work, Simon Chilvers, The Guardian, June 2012

2012 – Nick Hornby, Love Art London, Video Interview

2012 – Aggregate (Clare Gasson, Nick Hornby, Connor Linskey), Kathy Battista, The

Brooklyn Rail Feb 2012 (download pdf)

2012 – Featuring Nick Hornby, Atelier Mayer, Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, February 2012

2011 – Nick Hornby, Feature, Ampleforth Journal 2011.

2011 – Exhibition: The Return at The House of the Nobleman, London, Brooke McGowan,

October 2011

2011 – Feature: Nick Hornby, Sculptor, Creative Life, August 2011

2011 – A New York hotel[…], Sara Staples, Globe and Mail Jun 24 2011

2010 – Start in ART, Jack Wakefiedl, The Spectator, A guide to Luxury and Style Autumn

2010, 6th November

2010 – Cultural Life: Nick Hornby, sculptor, Charlotte Cripps, The Independent, Friday, 8

October 2010

2010 – Video: Lifo TV, The Hub, Athens.

2010 – Sculpture as Narrative, Simon Todd, Artnet

2010 – A Drink With: Artist Nick Hornby, Paul Brady, Conde Nast Traveler

2010 – Critic’s Picks, Kathleen Madden,

2010 – Nick Hornby, Atom vs Super Subject, Dazed Digital, May 2010

2010 – Nick Hornby, Atom vs Super Subject, FAD, May 2010

2010 – Atom vs Super Subject, Martin Herbert 2010

2010 – Nick Hornby, Atom vs Super Subject, Paul Carey Kent

2010 – Artfully Adaptable, The Secret Agent, Financial Times, 30.05.2010

2010 – Classic Treasure, Sculpture Promenade 2010, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Harry

Mount. The Spectator, May 2010

2010 – Who to watch in 2010, Evening Standard, 05.01.10

2009 – Walking in Our Mind, FAD, August 2009

2009 – Walking in Our Mind, SLAMXHYPE, August 2009

2009 – Courvoisier The Future 500, in partnership with The Observer

2009 – Beyond the pale, Essay by Brooke Lynn McGowan

2009 – Introducing… a new Gormley, Deborah Feldman, ES Magazine, 19.06.09

2008 – London’s Got Talent, Ossian Ward, Time Out2008 – Best of Britain’s Young Artists in

Saatchi Show, Louise Jury, Evening Standard

2008 – Anticipation, Whitehot Magazine

2008 – China: Innovation From London, Zhuangsh

2008 – Playing to the Gallery, Giles Morris, The Guardian

2008 – Untitled, after Nick Hornby, Brooke Lynn McGowan

2008 – Joining the Dots, Platform DVD, Live Art Development Agency, London

2008 – Bridging the Gap, Gaynor aaltonen, University of the Arts London Magazine 

Future Reflections, Catalogue

2006 – In Touch, Interview with Gary O’Donaghue, BBC Radio 4

2006 – More than a Feeling, Peter White, The Times T2

2006 – BlindArt, Mark Drinkwater, The Guardian

2006 – Please Touch the Exhibits, Charlotte Cripps, The Independent

2006 – Critics Choice, Artic Circle ICA, John L Walters, The Guardian

2005 – Critics Choice, Herbert, Martin. Time Out

2005 – Sound-Track, Critics Choice. Independent on Sunday

2005 – Raggi, Valentina. On Sound Art, D magazine, La Repubblica, Italy


Andaz 5th Avenuce NY
C Clifford Chance 
Richard Greer 
David Roberts 
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Visiting Lecturer & Arts Educator

Slade School of Art, London

Chelsea College of Art, London

Wimbledon College of Art, London

Westminster Kingsway, London


2007 – MA, Chelsea College of Art

2003 – BA, Fine Art, Slade School of Art

2003 – The Art Institute of Chicago

1999 – Foundation, Wimbledon College of Art