Racing and royalty – Garrard partners with celebrated artist Nic Fiddian-GreenJune 17, 2020
As the official supplier of trophies and silverware to Royal Ascot Garrard is thrilled to be showcasing works of art by Nic Fiddian-Green, one of the world’s leading equine sculptors.
The showcase also marks the reopening of Garrard’s Albemarle Street flagship store following the COVID-19 lock down.
The House of Garrard and Royal Ascot have a shared history dating back to the creation of the first Gold Cup in 1842. The House supplied trophies to Royal Ascot throughout its 164 years as Crown Jeweller, returning to this prestigious commission in recent years.
Nic Fiddian-Green is one of the world’s leading equine artists. The ragged and physical look of his sculptures with their rough impressionist surface and riveted panels, recall a lineage of modernism from Rodin, Bourdelle and Rosso, through Cubism, to post-war figures such as Frink and Marini, and also contemporaries like William Turnbull, Chris Lebrun and Deborah Butterfield. The still simplicity and almost spiritual calmness of the pieces strikes a chord with all who see them.
The collaboration follows a chance meeting between Nic and Sara Prentice, Garrard’s Creative Director. She at once recognised the deeply traditional yet startlingly modern design traits that they both share. Nic unveiled a monumental sculpture at Ascot Racecourse to commemorate HRH The Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday in 2018 and, alongside Garrard’s rich royal heritage, it felt like a perfect alliance.
Speaking about the collaboration, Sara Prentice comments: “It is both fascinating and invigorating to collaborate with a fellow artist. From the moment I met Nic, I felt that we shared many ideals and values. His work is exceptional and perfectly complements our jewellery pieces.”
Nic Fiddian-Green adds: “The House of Garrard has an extraordinary history and it is a great privilege to show my work alongside its own. Despite the disappointment of a low key Royal Ascot this year I am delighted that we can mark our mutual associations with racing and royalty through this exhibition.”
The artworks will be on display from Monday 15th June – Friday 3rd July 2020 at The House of Garrard, 24 Albemarle Street, London W1. Nic Fiddian Green is represented by Sladmore Contemporary, an ongoing relationship of over 20 years.
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