As I headed to Oak Island to shoot Nick Batounis at work in his studio I was anticipating a space of rather large proportions. After all, Nick was a sculptor and they always worked in large rooms to accommodate the large pieces of  stone from which they craft their art right? Not necessarily. When I got to his work space, Nick had his studio set up in his garage , and while efficient, it still had to be functional and share some of the space with, well, garage stuff. I was impressed with how well it worked and also with the beautiful sculptures that are created within its walls. Amidst the 1000 pound pieces of stone, the steel hoist used to maneuver them and numerous tools, sits a work table where each piece is transformed into a female form.

Nick Batounis is a native Wilmingtonian. While an undergraduate student at UNCW, where he received his degree in Visual Arts, he says he happened to view a piece of sculpture referred to as the Venus of Willendorf. He said it influenced him and his art, which are a blend of the classical female figure and those of a prehistoric fertility goddess such as the Venus of Willendorf. After UNCW, Nick went on to receive his MFA from UNC-Greensboro, where he studied under Peter Agostini. He spent time in Charlotte where he worked in Human Resources before teaching in the Gaston County public school system and also Gaston College. He returned to his native Wilmington area in 2003 and currently teaches art at South Brunswick High School. Nick has served as state representative for the Tri-State Sculptor’s Guild and was associated with the Regional Artists Grants Committee for the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, serving on the selection board and as chairperson for the visual arts.

Nick has worked in clay, resin, fiberglass and now works predominately in stone. He has exhibited throughout the Eastern United States and his work is in several private collections.

Nick is represented locally at New Elements Gallery, 216 North Front Street, Wilmington, 910-343-8997. Stop by and view the wonderful pieces he creates from nondescript blocks of stone.

  2 Responses to “Nick Batounis- Wilmington Artists in Their Studios”

  1. this guy does great stuff. as someone who has gone to school in a failed attempt to learn how to do this, and also as someone who works in a very forgiving medium, food, i can appreciate what it takes for him to accomplish a piece as you picture here.

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