NEW HAVEN-Visitors to the Yale Center for British Art, home to
one of the world's great collections of British animal paintings
and portraits, regularly encounter lions, horses, zebras, and dogs,
as well as fantastical griffins and unicorns. This November, a
special exhibition opening at the Center will bring several
contemporary works by the British sculptor Nicola Hicks into
conversation with eighteenth- and early nineteenthcentury paintings
from the Center's collection.
Located in the Center's fourth-floor galleries, Sculpture by
Nicola Hicks will feature seven of Hicks's striking creatures.
Typically executed in straw and plaster, and often cast into
bronze, the sculptures selected for the Center's exhibition,
including two from her recent Aesop's Fables series, were all made
in the past decade and exemplify her long-standing interest in
capturing the emotional essence of living beings. Hicks has chosen
works from the Center's collection to pair with her own sculptures,
based on her personal, subjective responses to historic paintings.