Thomas Nicholls is a 31 year old Sculptor Stone Carver who is fast establishing a reputation for the originality and quality of his work. Thomas first trained at Weymouth College in the traditional techniques of Stonemasonry, Carving and Lettering. This provided him with a solid foundation in the craft. While developing his skills as a freelance sculptor, Thomas went on to win a QEST (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) Scholarship which allowed him the opportunity to embark on a Post Graduate Diploma in Historic Stone Carving at the City and Guilds of London Art School in Kennington.
Based on a strong portfolio of work, Thomas has received a number of commissions for private clients that vary from ornately carved sculptures, stone fireplaces, gravestones and house signs to caricature drawings and film animations. Since then Thomas has shown his sculptural work at major galleries in London including Thompson’s Gallery of Marylebone, The Brick Lane Gallery in Shoreditch and the Mall Galleries in London.
As well as working on commissions for the past seven years, Thomas has gained extensive experience with three of the UK’s most reputable conservation companies. He continues to work between commissions on a freelance basis for a leading London based Sculpture Conservation Company on projects including work by Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein, Mark Quinn and Barry Flanagan. Restoration carving and conservation work by Thomas J. Nicholls appears in prestige landmark locations across the UK including Buckingham Palace, Kew Gardens, The Houses of Parliament, the V&A museum and Guildford Castle.
Thomas was also fortunate enough to have been awarded the opportunity to be a key part of the core team of seven staff and students at the City and Guilds of London Art School who worked on the clay modelling aspect of the Queens Diamond Jubilee barge project in June 2012. This is a very high profile project and Thomas was honoured to have been selected to spend three weeks away from college modelling the gigantic ornamentation for the barge.
A keen artist, Thomas always aims to expand upon his traditional skill-base to create highly expressionistic and energetic work for both speculative and commissioned pieces. His main aim as an artist is to strive to convey a sense of life and movement.
Whilst striving to have an original approach to the creation of his work, Thomas is fully aware of the historical context in which he is placed and finds influence from many past eras including a special interest in the exaggerated motion and drama of Baroque art. Thomas is passionate about sculpting animals and has a particular desire to capture and express the power and grace of the horse.