Nic Noblique

Nature has always informed my work. Other influences have come from traveling as a teen to Europe and visiting museums, often spending hours studying the sculpture and paintings.  Snowboarding and skateboarding have been a substantial inspiration in how I translate ideas from my head to the studio for production.  Transitions in the landscape; hills, slopes, gaps, gorges, and inclines, for example, naturally translate in my mind to form line, curvature and balance in mathematical terms. I work in steel and my studio is capable of most fabrication needs including quite monumental works.  I have fabricated some of my own machinery that allows me to push the limits. Most notably, my 60-ton cold rolling / 3-bar pinch rolling machine that is built from entirely recycled parts including a 50-year-old transmission from an oil jack-pump.  I do love to play with color in juxtaposition to the environment and surroundings, often making use of how color can elicit physical reactions and emotional responses. I am drawn to rusted patinas and stainless steel for their ability to stand out and sustainability is at the forefront of my process.


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Nic Noblique is a Texas based sculptor whose preferred medium is steel.  Asked to kindly leave the Colorado Institute of Art after only a few short weeks of class, he has gone on to harness a rebellious and tenacious need to succeed on his own terms.  Growing up immersed in the punk rock, skateboard and snowboard culture of the Midwest, Nic developed a passion that led to owning skate and snow retail shops in Wisconsin, California, and the Pacific Northwest. He placed in the X-Games (1995) for snowboarding and after studying pliable materials engineering, contributed a new ‘center point concave’ skate deck that remains the industry standard today. He continued to apply creative insight with an understanding of physics to design and produce indoor and outdoor skate and snow parks.  In his early 20’s, with much of his body broken twice over, he left the skate and snow industry to pursue his other passion, a career in fine art.  Returning to the family acreage in West Texas in 2000, he picked up an old stick welder and has never looked back.  Nic has participated in many sculpture competitions, solo and group exhibitions with respected galleries and art centers nationally and works with numerous charities and arts initiatives to improve our communities and lives through art.  Nic has enjoyed teaching graduate level 3D art at Hardin Simmons University and continues to foster the growth of young talent through apprenticeships via McMurry University.   Nic has owned two retail galleries, both highly regarded in their respective communities and even garnering a ‘best art gallery’ award in 2008 for his successful alternative art space and studio concept in Galveston, Texas.  Nic has commissioned hundreds of works both privately and publicly, and been honored with awards in sculpture including the prestigious international Navy Pier Walk Competition in 2003 (Juror, David Pagel), a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient in 2008 for disaster relief after losing his studio to Hurricane Ike and First Place Recognition for “Even Your Emotions Have an Echo” in cooperation with Henderson Art Project 2012.


EXHIBITIONS

 2016

 The Block Gallery, Solo Exhibition, September, Sioux City, IA

 Artoretum On The Block, Sculpture Exhibition benefiting the Sioux City Conservatory of Music, September, Sioux City, IA

 Cerulean Gallery, Group Exhibition, September, Amarillo, TX

 Good Art Company, Group Exhibition, May, Fredericksburg, TX

 Art On Henderson, Outdoor Sculpture Competition, March, Dallas, TX

 Southwest Gallery, Ongoing Group Exhibition, March, Dallas, TX

 2015

 Cerulean Gallery, Group Exhibition, November, Amarillo, TX

 Third Coast Gallery, Group Exhibition, November, Galveston TX

 Artoretum, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition benefiting the Sioux City Conservatory of Music, September, Sioux City, IA

 Art On Henderson, Outdoor Sculpture Competition Finalist, August, Dallas, TX

 Southwest Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Welcoming Exhibition, June, Dallas, TX

 2014

 Rebecca Low Gallery, Group Exhibition, FWADA Spring Gallery Night, March, Ft. Worth, Texas

 Mod Artists Gallery, Grand Opening Group Exhibition, September, Dallas, Texas

 Artoretum, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition benefiting the Sioux City Conservatory of Music, September, Sioux City, IA

 2013

 Rebecca Low Gallery, Group Exhibition, FWADA Spring Gallery Night, March, Ft. Worth, Texas

 Alan Simmons Art + Design, Solo Exhibition, “Fear of Endangerment”, October, Dallas, Texas

 UDR / Fiori at Vitruvian Park, Grand Opening and Unveiling of Dale Chihuly and Nic Noblique Installations, March, Addison, Texas

 Pippin Contemporary, Group Exhibition, Selected Sculpture, May, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 Spring Street Studios, Group Exhibition, “Sweet Sixteen”, April-May, Houston, Texas

 2012

 iLume Gallery, Group Exhibition, “Objects of Desire II”, November 1-30, Dallas, Texas

 MOD Artists @ Studio 727 , East Austin Studio Tour, Group Exhibition, November 10-24, Austin, Texas

 COBRA Studios , East Austin Studio Tour, Group Exhibition, November 10-24, Austin, Texas

 Sculpture on the River Market, Sale and Competition, October 19-22, Little Rock, Arkansas

 iLume Gallery, modART Group Show, Dallas, Texas, April - May

 Gallery M Squared, Solo Show, “Heavy Metal Peep Show”, Houston, Texas, April - May

 Rebecca Low Gallery; Group Exhibition for “Ft. Worth Spring Gallery Night”, March

 2011

 COBRA Studios, East Austin Studio Tour, Group Exhibition, November

 Rising Gallery, Solo Show, “Texas Suburban Wasteland Blues”, Dallas, Texas, September 2 - September 30

 LAFTA; Lampasas Art in the Park, Outdoor Exhibition featuring “Lost in Wisconsin”, Lampasas, Texas, April

 Rebecca Low Gallery; Group Exhibition for “Ft. Worth Spring Gallery Night”, March

 Savor Dallas; Featured Artist, March

 The Cameron Gallery; Solo Show “Music, Flame Retardants and a Tetanus Shot”, March

 2010

Northwest Arkansas Community College; Outdoor Exhibition and Permanent Installation of “Circle Squared Again”, Bentonville Arkansas, November

East Austin Studio Tour; COBRA Studios featured artist exhibiting nine sculptures, November

Samuel Lynne Galleries, Wild About SAFY, Live Auction and Benefit aiding the lives of Texas Foster Children.  November 9, Dallas TX

EAST; East Austin Studio Tour, Sculpture and Paintings, COBRA Studios, November, Austin TX

TractorBeam Gallery, WELL VERSED, Group Show, September 24 - October 24, Dallas TX

Leon County Art Trails, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Juried Exhibition of large scale outdoor works for one year, October 2010-October 2011, Jewett Texas

Pippin & Meikle Fine Art, New Sculpture, May, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Benini Sculpture Ranch and Galleries, New Sculpture, May, Johnson City, Texas

Cameron Gallery, Solo Show, Grind Hassle Jump Jam!, Paintings and Sculpture, April 10, 2010 - May 7, Dallas, TX.

Savor Dallas 2010, Featured Artist, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Sammons Park, and as part of the International Grand Tasting at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, March

 Sculptors Dominion Invitational 2010, 4 works on display, San Antonio Tx, March 2010 through 2011

 2009

 The Center For Contemporary Art, Group Exhibition, November – December, Abilene, Texas

 Art-Right LLC, Private Event for Houston Area Architects and Consultants, “Functional Sculpture”, Houston, Texas, November

 2008

 Savor Dallas, Featured Artist, March 2008

 Nic Noblique Studio Gallery monthly exhibitions and featured group exhibits in conjunction with Art Walk, Galveston, Texas, March 2007 through November 2008

 Artist Boat Fundraiser, Hosted by the Nic Noblique Studio Gallery, October 2008, Galveston, Texas

 2007

Elder Street Artists Gallery, Group Exhibition, November, Houston, Texas

Earth Center and Gallery 101, Group Exhibition, August, Houston, Texas

Art-Right, LLC, Group Exhibition, August, Houston, Texas

 2006

 Benini Sculpture Ranch and Galleries; On-going Exhibition of two large scale works beginning May 2006, Johnson City, Texas

 Noblique’s Gallery A-go-go; Up From Ashes, Solo exhibit featuring new work, April, Abilene, Texas

 Sculptors Dominion Invitational 2006, International Sculpture Exhibition April, San Antonio, Texas

 Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, The New School, curated by Noblique, Feb-April, Breckenridge, Texas

 Earth Gallery; Group Exhibition; March, Houston, Texas

 2005

 Center For Contemporary Art, Members Group Show, December, Abilene, Texas

 Fine Line Designs, Group Exhibition, Town Line Art Fair, September 2005, Ephraim, Wisconsin

 Buchanan Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Explorations in Steel, Galveston, TX, August

 Blossom Street Gallery, Group Exhibition, Noblique and Roaderer, Houston, TX, May

 Guadalupe River Sculpture Ranch, Group Exhibition, San Antonio, TX

 2004

 The Center for Contemporary Art, Artist Members Group Exhibit, Abilene, TX, October

 The Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, TX Twenty Choices Solo Exhibit, Gallery I, July – August

 Sculptors Dominion Invitational 2004, San Antonio, TX, May

 Jody Klotz-Vletas Fine Art, New Works: Sculptures and Paintings Solo

 Exhibit, Abilene, TX, December – February 2004

 2003

 Wired Designs, Light Up, Solo Outdoor Exhibit, San Antonio, TX, November

 Manor House Gallery, Boerne, TX Solo Sculpture Garden Exhibit, October

 Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, presented by The Texas Society of Sculptors, Sculpfest 2003, Austin, Texas, September

 Town Center Gallery, Group Exhibition, Valencia, California, September

 Jody Klotz-Vletas Fine Art, Trees and Flowers Solo Exhibit, Abilene, Texas, September

 Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Drawings, Painting, and Sculpture, Breckenridge, Texas, July

 Navy Pier Walk 2003, Chicago, IL, May 2003 David Pagel Juror

Gallery 37, Maquette Show, Chicago, IL, May

 The Center for Contemporary Arts, Wildwired Solo Exhibition, Abilene, Texas, April

 2002

The Center for Contemporary Arts, Deck the Walls, Abilene, TX, December

 Hardin Simmons University, Faculty Art Show, Abilene, TX, October

 The Center for Contemporary Arts, Dia de los Muertos, Abilene, TX, October

 

 COMMISSIONS AND PUBLIC ART

 Inspiration, 50 ft Tall Commission in Stainless Steel for Huffines’ Master Planned Community, May 2015, St. Paul, Texas

 Vitruvian Park, 15 Permanent Sculptures and Commission of 100-piece wall installation, December, Addison, Texas

 Baylor Heart Hospital; Plano, TX, November 2012 “PUMP” a 12ft tall sculpture in powder coated corten steel.

 Forest Park Medical Center; Dallas, TX, June 2011 “Good Genes” a 12ft tall sculpture in stainless steel and powder coated corten steel.

 The Gables Park 17 Luxury High Rise Residential in Dallas, Texas; Permanent acquisition of “Wounded”, “Cherry Bomb” and “Three”, May 2011.

 Racine, Wisconsin Uptown Arts District by commission for The City of Racine, “The Last of Ike”.  June 2009.

 The CORE Apartments via The Morgan Group, “Chaos” in Candy Red, permanent placement on premises located on trendy Washington for the upscale urban multi-family award winning development in Houston, Texas, Spring 2009

 Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut: “Unity” was commissioned by the college via a gift of Marshall Blume and created to celebrate the rich and diverse community that is Hartford. December 2007

 Monroe County Community College for the Meyer Theatre and La-Z-Boy Center; “Circle Squared”, September 2007.

 Dr. Sam Spence, Dentistry. “Elephant” (A life-size steel elephant with stainless steel tusks) by commission for the courtyard. Abilene, Texas, 2007

 McMurry University, “Ebb and Flow”, Abilene, Texas, Winter 2007

 Multi-Physician Medical Facility, By Commission, “Old Glory No II”, San Antonio, Texas, Summer 2007

 The Mall of Abilene, Abilene, Texas: Old Glory, 19 ft tall American Flag was dedication in honor of our men and women in service, permanent public installation June 2006

 Denton City Hall, Denton, TX: Festival In Motion, a.k.a. Woman Rolling Down a Hill, purchased by the Denton Festival Foundation for the City of Denton, May 2004

 Waterworks Park, Denton, TX: Yellow Baugh Flower, purchased by the City of Denton, May 2003

 Civic Center Park, Denton, TX: Circle Tree, purchased by the City of Denton, May 2003

 Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, TX: “Tense”, 2002

 

 GRANTS AND AWARDS

 Art on Henderson; April 2012, One of 7 finalists, Awards Ceremony TBA May 2012

Joan Mitchell Foundation; December 2008, sole recipient of a $6000 grant to aid in rebuilding studio after Hurricane Ike.

Featured Artist; 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011Savor Dallas

Featured Artist; 2006 Artoberfest, Galveston Island, Texas

Featured Artist; 2006 Abilene Artist’s and Artisans Studio Tour.

The Texas Society of Sculptors, Sculptfest 2003 Publication Cover Art, Special Recognition for Explosion of the Heart, Steel Sculpture

Navy Pier Walk 2003, International Outdoor Sculpture Competition at Chicago’s Navy Pier, “Runner”, steel sculpture, exhibited May through October 2003, Juror David Pagel

Oklahoma City Art Festival 2003, Ribbon and Cash Award in Sculpture for Explosion of the Heart, Steel Sculpture

Denton Art and Jazz Festival 2003, Best of Show in Sculpture, Denton, TX, April, 2003

Grant for the construction and permanent installation of large outdoor sculpture “Tense” at Hardin Simmons University while serving as Visiting Adjunct Professor of 3-D Art, Abilene, TX, Fall 2002

 

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

 Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, Texas Visiting Adjunct Professor of 3D ArtSpring Semester 2002