Maurice Blik is Sculpt Gallery's principal artist, with the gallery holding a permanent collection of his figurative bronze sculptures.
The themes of hope, optimism and belief in the future are intrinsic to Blik's work. His figurative forms convey an irrepressible joy of life, emerging to confront the viewer with an energy that is both startling and inspiring.
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.
Maurice Blik 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 major commissions. These include: 'For Love of Cyprus',
Kyrenia, Cyprus (Arkin Group); 'Every Which Way',
National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire (British Evacuees Association); 'Second Breath
', UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky, USA; 'Behold',
Middlesex University; Glaxo Smith Kline - London HQ; P&O Developments; JP Morgan Bank; Burmah-Castrol, Swindon HQ; and 'Renaissance
', East India Dock, UK. He is a Past President of the Royal Society of Sculptors (PPRSS).
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Maurice Blik reveals his extraordinary life-story in previously undocumented detail, in his illustrated artobiography, The Art of Survival
, published in January 2022 by HeavyPress iNK. Other sources of information regarding the artist and his work include a feature article in The Times newspaper; 'Igniting the Spark' (2005), and three films: Hollow Dog
by Clive Martin (2017), 'The Last Survivors
', a landmark documentary by Minnow Films, directed by Arthur Cary and first televised by the BBC in 2019; and most recently, 'Belsen Our Story',
a film documentary by Atlantic Productions, televised by the BBC on 28th January 2020.Selected Exhibitions
The Winter Exhibition 2021: Bowman Sculpture Gallery, London; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021, London; 2021 EA Festival Sculpture Garden, Hedingham Castle; The British Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, Oct 2019 (Bowman Sculpture Gallery); Solo Exhibition, Sept 2019 (Bowman Sculpture); Maurice Blik Plasters: The Artist at Eighty
April 2019 (Sculpt Gallery); 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).