Nic Bladen has become known for his extraordinary botanical sculptures, which demonstrate the technique he pioneered of casting entire plants in bronze and sterling silver. Bladen trained in the field of dental technology, a discipline that requires incredible precision and attention to detail. After several years of working in the field, Nic developed an interest in sculpture and began working at the Bronze Age Foundry, learning large scale bronze casting as well as all aspects of metalwork.
In 2015, Bladen worked as Artist in Residence at Tswalu Kalahari, a private game reserve in South Africa. The sculptures created during this time were a depiction of iconic, beautiful and strange Kalahari Desert plants and trees. Bladen’s unique works can be found in the Standard Bank, Ellerman House and private collections, both locally and abroad. He is currently working towards a solo exhibition to be held at Everard Read London early 2018