nicholas rowsell

This artist accepts commissions

Mediums Used

Nicholas Rowsell was born around midnight on the 17th/18th of August 1960 during a dry electrical storm, in Hackney, London. This fact, according to Nick, is “Perhaps the most interesting thing about me as apparently lightbulbs were popping like champagne corks”.
Nicholas first picked up a hammer and chisel with the intention of creating a sculpture in 1987 and has been carving one or more pieces of sculpture ever since and does not look like he is going to stop.
Nick was working as a stonecladder on a major building project in Berkley Square in the summer of 89. He was so taken by the Portland (whitbed) limestone cladding He decided to take a few offcuts back to his house in Plumstead and having also bought a couple of tungsten tipped chisels decided to have a go and see what occurred. Eagle/Parrot was what occurred then Demon Buddha then over the next year six small/medium pieces Portland sprang off his chisel culminating in `Elephant` carved from a reclaimed red sandstone sill. Showing his work to a group of Artists and Lecturers at Goldsmiths He received praise, encouragement and sound advice.
Nicholas went back to college for the second time at Weymouth` Dorset to study for his second City and Guilds in classical masonry and lettercutting.
He hasnt looked back since and has been steadily carving in both the public and private sectors, or adding more sculpture to create a formidable collection of stone sculpture substancial and original enough to be shown anywhere.
Nick Rowsell has managed to avoid cliche by mastering various carving skills and has rejected the more conformist path of understudying or pandering to market forces such as avoiding copying work for insurance damage.
Once ensconced in Weymouth/Portland Nick helped Weymouth promote its stone history with two major exhibitions in the mid 90`s. He also set about carving back to back and sometimes as with as many as three or four on the go simultaneously, some 35 pieces of sculpture between 1991-97` and when Nick decided to move to Newcastle Upon Tyne in 98`he bought 27 of those pieces with him.
Having sub contracted his skills out to masonry companies in that area for some years He eventually took a workshop/gallery in the Ouseburn part of Newcastle called Testhouse 5. It was here that Nick, along side private commissions, taught the many aspects of stonecraft from rudimentary bas-relief to fine art.
With a growing number of Civic and private commissions successfully executed Nicks reputation as a jobbing sculptor with a ton of flair, who carves what the client wants not what the artist wants, continues inexorably to rise.

There are two things I have to do in this life.
The first is to keep carving, the second is to die…Or, as My paternal Grandad was fond of saying… Torus Excretia Semper.

Sculptures by nicholas rowsell



Bricklayer / Stonecladder and Builder 1980-89
Self Employed Stonemason / Stonecarver 1989-present


Barbara Hepworth.
Antonio Canova.
Henri Gaudier Brzeska.

Public Works

The Dillon Memorial - Weymouth. 1994.
The Bennett Memorial - Portland. 1994.
The Figgis Memorial - Northumbria. 2000.
The Layton Memorial - Gateshead. 2004.
The Robson Memorial - Northumberland. 2005.
The Richards Memorial - Ontario, Canada. 2009.
The Slater Memorial - Edinburgh. 2011.
The Bryden Maughan Memorial - Hexham 2013.

Civic Commissions:
Wensleydale Middle school, Blyth Northumberland
`Sammy the Seagull` 2009.

High Heaton miners memorial, Newcastle - The Spinney. 2010.

Allendale Forge Studios - HRH Prince Edward commemerative slate plaque. 2011.

Teaching Experience
Weymouth informal stonecarving (private) tutorial workshops 1996 1997 Kirkwhelpington Arts Center Stonecarving courses 2001 2002 2003 Testhouse 5. Elementary masonry/lettercutting/ fine art carving courses 2005 2006 2007 2008.
Public Acquisitions
I have been fortunate enough to enjoy the patronage of collectors from all around the world... London Dubai Hong Kong Newcastle Los Angels Edinburgh. Berlin.


This artists work is found in the following categories on site:
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary Square Rectangular Cube shaped Abstract sculpture statue Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary Friendship Friends chummyness Amicability Camaraderie Cordility Kindred Spirit Human Figurative Sculptures Love / Affection Sculpture Surrealist Sculpture Carved or Carving sculpture Celebrity and Star Sculptures Peace sculptures or statues or statuettes Symmetric sculptures/statues/statuettes/ statuary Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs Busts and Heads Sculptures Humorous Witty Amusing Lighthearted Fun Jolly Whimsical Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines Animal Kingdom Sculpture & Statues Animals in General Sculptures statues Celtic Knot Work and Traditional Sculptures Geometric Sculpture Repetitive Form/Shape Abstract sculptures/statues Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculptures Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes Angular Jagged Abstract Modern Contemporary sculpture statuary Columnar Pillar Upright Vertical Stele Abstract Contemorary Modern sculpture statue statuary Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue Mythical Legendry Folk Lore Sculptures Wall Panel Carved Engraved Cast Moulded Sculpture Statue plaque Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues Monumental Sculptures Public Art Sculpture Stylized People Sculptures Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures Fantasy sculpture or Statue Caricature Sculptures Statues statuettes Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture


This artists work is found in the following tags on site:
Abstract Portland Cube Statue Abstract Portland Limestone Cube Sculpture Carved Stone Contemporary sculpture Carved Stone statue Original Hand Carved statues Outdoor Indoor Square Sculpture Outdoor or Indoor Rectangular statue stone carving sculpture Abstract Love sculpture Abstract Sculpture Figurative Abstract Sculpture Anniversary Sculpture Couples sculpture Golden wedding anniversary present Carved Kissing Statesmen Sculptures Kissing Men Carved sculpture Kissing Men Stone Carving Sculpture Male Kissing Stone Carving Statue Men Embracing Stone Sculpture Men Kissing Stone statue Symbolic Embracing statues Symbolic Human Kissing sculptures Angry Face Bas Reliefs Angry Human Head sculpture Carved Marble Angry Face Sculpture Carved Marble Panel Statue Carved stone Face sculpture Carved Stone Face statue Head Carved Stone Face sculpture Stone Head Carved statue Wall Hanging Face Sculpture Bas Relief Celtic sculpture Bas Relief Stone Engraving Carved Architectural Stone Low Relief panel Carved Stone Bas Relief panel Celtic Hand Stone carvings Low Relief Celtic carving Traditional Celtic Stone Engravings Traditional Relief Stone Carving Abstract Minimalist Outdoor statues Abstract Minimalist Stone sculpture Abstract Outdoor Carved Stone sculpture Carved Modern Yard sculpture Garden statues Minimalist Carved Stone sculpture Minimalist Stone Garden statue Modern Stone Garden sculpture Abstract Columnar sculpture Abstract statue Abstract Stone Totem sculpture Abstract Vertical Garden sculpture Contemporary Totem Pole sculpture Focal Point Garden sculpture garden statue Modern Vertical Garden sculpture Totem Pole statue Totem statue Big Cat Wall Panel statues Celtic Book of Kells sculpture Celtic Leopard Low Relief statue Garden Sculpture Celtic Leopards sculpture Intricate Celtic Wall sculpture Low Relief Big Cat statues Stylised Celtic Leopard sculpture Wall Celtic Knot statue Blue Sand Stone Sculptures Carved Architectural Detail Traditional sculpture Carved Sandstone Panel Carved Stone sculptures Celtic Art Knot Work Carving Celtic Stone Carving Circular Sculpture Disk Sculptures Outdoor sculpture statue Round Sculptures Figurative sculpture Miners Memorial sculpture Miners Memorial statue sculpture of Children sculpture of Men statue of Children Figurative statue statue of Men Abstract sculpture Animal Abstract sculpture Animal Abstract statue Animal sculpture Animal statue Mythical sculpture mythical statue Indoor sculpture Indoor statue Totem Pole sculpture