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Nick Reynolds

Artist Biography

Nick Reynolds is best known as harmonica player in Alabama 3 and is the son of Bruce Reynolds, notorious for his role in the 'Great Train Robbery' of 1963.

Nick spent his formative years in the care of the criminal fraternity and on the run with his parents in Mexico and North America. After completing his education he joined the Royal Navy, becoming a diver and electronic weapons engineer and serving on the HMS Hermes during the Falklands Conflict.

Whilst serving at Whitehall Naval Intelligence he played harmonica in bands with Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Phil May (The Pretty Things) as fellow band members and later worked on film and TV soundtracks with Bob Weston (Fleetwood Mac).

Reynolds's work as a sculptor led to several commissions for record artwork and promotional videos. He was commissioned by AIDS charity Body Positive, contributing celebrity casts for auction and IHAC (International Humanitarian Aid Concern).

His acquaintance with a wide variety of well known, influential and infamous figures led him to the idea of casting body parts for an exhibition originally titled 'Heroes and Villains'. After testing his methods on his father he went out to Brazil to cast the head of Ronnie Biggs. The series eventually became known as 'Cons to Icons’ and included casts of Andy McNab, Buzz Aldrin, Damon Albarn, Irvine Welsh and Will Self.

In 2008 he was commissioned by Pete Doherty to produce a sculpture of the musician on the cross. It was originally intended to feature onstage at Doherty's Royal Albert Hall concert and will now feature in Reynold's forthcoming book Getting A Head In Life.

Reynolds's sculptures are as much an embodiment of his own existence as they are a reflection of the influential personalities who make up the history of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

"I strongly advocate life and death casting as an art form. Not only does it involve direct co-operation from the subject bestowing a totemic aspect, it is also analogous to finger prints"
Nick Reynolds

The artist lives and works in London.