Mary & Al Shands Gallery
Clifton Nicholson: A Retrospective
Friday, April 2 –
Saturday, June 19, 2004
Generously Sponsored by:
with additional support from Pam and Brook Smith
After living and working in New York for 28 years, artist and jeweler
Clifton Nicholson Jr. moved into "Roughwood", the southern Indiana home that
he had designed for his parents, and turned it into his workshop and
Since 1990 he has been creating and marketing his jewelry and sculpture
across the country, including stores such as Neiman-Marcus and Henri Bendel.
He is passionate about his work and inspired by the beauty of nature - both
its flora and fauna – and these he reproduces in minute detail in silver,
gold, bronze and precious and semi-precious stones.
This exhibition will be a retrospective
look at the career of one of the region’s most significant artists,
featuring work from his studio and the private collections of some of
his most enthusiastic and supportive collectors.
In addition to his artistic work, Clifton Nicholson has
established Roughwood Aviaries, dedicated to breeding some of the most
fantastic birds in the world.
Roughwood Aviaries is the
culmination of Clifton Nicholson's lifelong love affair with feathers
and therefore birds. To him, a feather is one of the most magical
and mysterious objects on earth. The aviaries have evolved into an
organization that works to establish color mutations in the pheasant
family to which the peafowl belong. It takes many years and generations
of inbreeding and out crossing to establish a new color mutation.