Maurice Blik is Sculpt Gallery's principal artist with the gallery holding a collection of his back-catalogue figurative bronze sculptures.
The themes of hope, optimism and belief in the future are intrinsic to his work. His figurative forms emerge to confront the viewer with an energy that is both startling and inspiring. Click here to leave this website and view a short video of key commissions.
Born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1939 and having survived Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child, Maurice Blik arrived in the UK aged seven with two surviving female members of his family. The ability to come to terms with this and to confront the face of humanity that he had witnessed, stayed silent in him for some forty years until it found a voice in the passionate and exquisite sculpture he began to produce in the late 1980s. He quickly progressed to figurative sculpture in which the irrepressible joy of life and the impenetrable shadow of existence are held together in a struggling unity.
Maurice is a Past President of the Royal Society of Sculptors (PPRSS), and has exhibited extensively in the UK and throughout the USA where he has been awarded residency by the U.S. Government as 'a person of extraordinary artistic ability'. His work is in many public and private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA and he has undertaken a number of public commissions, including for the UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky, USA; University of Kentucky, USA; Glaxo Smith Kline - London HQ; P&O Developments; JP Morgan Bank; Burmah-Castrol, Swindon HQ; and East India Dock, UK.
Maurice Blik's extraordinary story was covered in a feature article in The Times newspaper; 'Igniting the Spark' in 2005, and has also featured in two films: 'Hollow Dog'
by Clive Martin (2017), and a landmark documentary by Arthur Cary, 'The Last Survivors
', first screened on BBC2 in January 2019.Maurice Blik's work can be found in the following galleries:
Bowman Sculpture, 6 Duke Street, St James', London, UK. www.bowmansculpture.com
Artist's home gallery, open Saturdays and by appointment. www.sculptgallery.comSelected Exhibitions:
Maurice Blik Plasters: The Artist at Eighty
(Sculpt Gallery, April 21, 2019
); Art Miami 2018 (Bowman Sculpture); Maurice Blik (Solo Exhibition, April 2018), Bowman Sculpture, London; Art Miami, 2017 (Bowman Sculpture); Fine Art Asia 2013, Hong Kong (Bowman Sculpture); 'Face 2013' - The Society of Portrait Sculptors, London; 'Into the Light' - Solo Exhibition, Sculpt Gallery (and selected group exhibitions); Woburn Abbey 'Artbeat 2012'; Masterpiece 2010, London (Bowman Sculpture) UK; Royal Society of Sculptors - Solo Exhibition and artist's talk (2008); Hannah Peschar Sculpture Park Surrey UK (2007/8); Blain's Fine Art (now Haunch of Venison) - Solo Exhibition London UK (1999); Pier Walk Sculpture - Invited Artist Chicago USA (1997 & 1998); Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park- Invited Artist Chicago USA (1998); National Trust Open Air Sculpture Exhibition - Invited Artist UK (1998); Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - Invited Artist London UK (1997 & 1998); Museum Masters Collection Manhattan New York USA (1996); World Art Forum Davos Switzerland (1994); Chelsea Harbour '93 Sculpture - Invited Artist UK (1993); Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London UK (1993 & 1991); Cavalier Gallery Greenwich Connecticut USA (1989); Air Gallery Critics' Choice selected by Mary Rose Beaumont UK (1988); Alwin Gallery - Solo Exhibition London UK (1985).