Tim Nicola is active/lives in New Mexico, Maine. Tim Nicola is known for Indian themed sculpture.
Biography from McLarry Fine Art
Born in 1954, sculptor Tim Nicola, a Penobscot Indian, was raised on
Indian Island - his tribe's reservation in the middle of the Penobscot
River in Maine.
Growing up, Nicola had access to a workshop because his father,
grandfather and grandmother were basket makers.
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Like many others in his community, he carved wood as a boy, but early
on his bent was for painting and drawing. In 1980 he moved to
Santa Fe, New Mexico in order to attend the Institute of American
Indian Arts. Although he initially enrolled as a painter, after a
short time he became interested in three-dimensional arts to which he
fast became devoted.
His first sculpture teacher was sculptor Doug Coffin, and another mentor was award-winning sculptor Doug Hyde.
In 1995, Tim's monumental bronze sculpture, The Life Givers, won
1st place, Best of Division in Bronze and Best of Class in Sculpture at
Santa Fe's 74th Indian Market. He placed first in stone works in
the 75th, 76th, and 77th Indian Market, and has been awarded numerous
other prizes and recognitions throughout his career.
Tim works in alabaster, marble and bronze. He most often sculpts
graceful, stylized female figures typically bearing baskets or water
vessels. "In my work," he explains, "composition, balance, line,
rhythm, harmony, movement - all these come into play. Creating these
pieces is a love affair - it really is."
Tim has recently returned to live on Indian Island, Maine.
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