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Sculptor Nicholas B. Daddazio
Nicholas B. Daddazio

About Nicholas B. Daddazio

Daddazio`s subject and sculptural niche since 1992 has been and continues to be necktie sculpture (Contemporary Urban Primitive Art) in both bronze and mixed-media. He studies the necktie as an icon and symbol of Western culture, rather than a fashion statement. He is also the first artist in the four hundred year history of the cravat/necktie to make figurative and representational bronze sculptures of the necktie/cravat. An article in the Italian Magazine, Nodus, (Milano, 2000) describes him as the "Maestra di Trasformismo" (Di Simona P.K. Daviddi). The figurative bronze necktie sculptures adhere strictly to the lines, structure, and volume of a real necktie, and the trick is to stay within this framework to create a human or animal figure that is doing something that is common to all. For, example: Tie Trumpet; Tie Saxophonist; Tie Geisha; Tie Ballerina; Tie Kiss; Reclining Tie; Tiecoon; Bowtie [archer]. On the other hand, there is the Representational bronze necktie sculpture that imitates a real necktie realized in bronze: Repp Stripe; Repp Buff; Repp Textured; Perch; Freedom; Posara; Spirit (s) I, II, III. There are other necktie sculptures that don`t fit into either category, for example, Male Moda (bronze) ; 50th (bronze) ; and, G.W., Jr. (Papi?r Mach?). Turning away from classic bronze, is a new genre that he is creating: Contemporary Pop Urban Primitive Sculpture. Mixed-media pieces are constructed like a real necktie and used as giant wall-hangings. A variety of fabrics and materials are used: cotton drop cloth; denim; burlap coffee bean sacks; bubble wrap; awning canvas; orange plastic fencing; orange and blue plastic mesh; furniture fabric; astro turf; stainless steel mesh; blue poly tarp; plastic compactor bags; and many other materials used in the construction trades. More than two hundred mixed-media pieces have been made since 2005
Sculptor Nicholas B. Daddazio
Nicholas B. Daddazio

Exhibition History of Nicholas B. Daddazio

2012-14 Gallery Daddazio, Greenwich Village, NYC
2011 Greenwich Village Outdoor Art Exhibit (Cornelia St.)
2011 Gallery Daddazio, Greenwich Village, NYC
2010 Ana Tzarev Gallery, NYC; Republic
of Croatia Embassy, Washington, DC
2009 Stefano Ricci (Park Ave., NYC)
2008 The Icon Gallery (Soho, NYC)
2006-2010 Greenwich Village Outdoor Art Exhibits
1997 Ambassador Gallery (Soho, NYC)
1997 Fritz Gallery (Soho, NYC)
1996-2009 Gallery Daddazio (Greenwich Village, NYC)
1994 Noroton Gallery (Darien, CT)
1994 Darien Art Show (Darien, CT)
1994 Paul Stuart (NYC)
1994 Mitchell?s (Westport, CT)
1996 Brioni (NYC)
1996 Rochester Big and Tall (Wall Street)
1994 Plaza Hotel (NYC)
1994-1999 Marriot (NYC)

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Biography / CV of Nicholas B. Daddazio

Nicholas Daddazio is a graduate of the University of Buffalo and studied sculpture in New York as an apprentice to legendary sculptor Domenico Facci, working in the Facci Studios for nearly a decade. In 1992, Daddazio opened his own studio at Pietrasanta Fine Arts in Soho, where he continued making figurative sculpture and commenced an intensive study of the necktie as symbol and tribal icon. His study of the necktie resulted in the production of a large collection of bronze necktie sculptures: Reclining Tie; Tie Saxophonist; Tie Ballerina; Tie Geisha; Representational Stripe, Buff, Textured; Tie Trumpet; and many others. In 1994, The Neckwear Association of America commissioned Daddazio to design the trade organization?s new awards trophy, a commission that ran for nearly ten years until the NAA closed its doors. More commissions followed, along with many one-man shows and exhibits and the establishment of the Necktie Sculpture and Art Gallery in 1996 on Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village. In November 2005, Daddazio started making giant necktie sculptures ranging in length from four feet to nine feet in a variety of mixed media: awning canvas, cotton drop cloth, black plastic garbage bags, denim, bubble wrap, orange plastic fencing, orange and blue netting, blue poly tarp, and exquisite furniture fabrics. The artistic expression covers a range from Pop Art to Minimalism to Abstract Expressionism to Realism, and the Nude. The giant neckties can be displayed on walls, in corners, on doors, along a staircase, hung from the ceiling, or flung over a bed, piano, or couch. Daddazio?s sculptures are in the private collections of Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, The Versace Estate, Jhane Barnes, Kenneth Cole, the President of Brooks Bros., The Forbes Brothers Private Collection, and many others

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Artist Statement of Nicholas B. Daddazio

Necktie Sculpture as icon and symbol of Western Culture is an unending subject of interest for me to explore. In 1991, my search for a new and surprisingly unusual, offbeat, out of the ordinary, and unexpected subject for my art led me to the ubiquitous necktie. The necktie was bold, beautiful and everywhere, not as sculpture, though, rather as fashion statement and accessory. The whole world could recognize the necktie in an instant, and in reality it was a Tribal Icon of the West. Forbes even promotes the necktie as a Capitalist Tool! The overwhelming meaning and importance of the necktie remained "submerged" in significance for more than one hundred years in the clutter of our culture. Deep within our mindset was the concept of the necktie as a necessary colorful piece of fabric that brings elegance or meaning to your appearance. The psychological protection expanded over time, beneath the surface of every-day consciousness. The necktie was present, religiously, on the body and not in the form of a bronze sculpture or constructed gigantically in different media and exhibited on a wall. To make the transition, to transform, and to displace the ever-present necktie from its very familiar location so that it is out of "context" and re-born into a form of urban primitive art was a challenge worth pursuing. Exploration began in wax, plaster, wire, and clay models. Of all the models that were made, three emerged which laid the foundation for Necktie Sculpture: Reclining Tie, Tie Ballerina, and Tie Saxophonist. Molds were made for all three pieces which were subsequently cast into bronze using the Lost Wax Method. Many more bronze necktie sculptures followed in the form of representational and figurative pieces, and they were cast in Limited Editions, Open Editions, or unique (one-of-a-kind) sculptures. As output continued in classic bronze, another form of necktie sculpture emerged in November 2005: Mixed Media Necktie Sculpture. The average height of the pieces was six feet, and they were made in bubble wrap, awning canvas, burlap coffee sacks, black garbage bags, blue poly tarp, canvas drop cloth, orange fence, blue and orange netting, fish net, denim, and furniture fabric. The Mixed Media pieces were "sculpted" with objects, constructed, painted on, and hot-glued together. Both classic Bronze Necktie Sculpture and Mixed Media Necktie Sculpture form the basis of my art and a framework for me to continue my study of the necktie as symbol and icon of the West

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Nicholas B. Daddazio

Phillips-Van Heusen
Joseph Abboud
Mervyn Mandelbaum
Versace Family Estate
Forbes Private Collection
The Neckwear Association of America-Commission-1994 -2004
Ralph Lauren
Tommy Hilfiger
Kenneth Cole
Joseph Gromek
Romano Botta
Jeffrey Spiegel
David Chu
Allan Zwerner
Terry Lundgren
Wayne Meichner
Enrico Prini
Luigi Turconi
Mell Cohen
Stanton J. Bluestone
H.Gene Silverberg
Burt Pulitzer
Jhane Barnes
Giovanni Tognozzi
Harry Smith
Bill O`Donnell
Santina and Ronald Davies
Michele D. Snyder
Suzanne Hammond
Ralph Pezzullo
Mr. and Mrs Rocco Damato
Mr. Joseph Barrato

Reviews of work by Nicholas B. Daddazio

"Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Qualifications / Education of Nicholas B. Daddazio

B.A. 1967
University of Buffalo

1986 - 2000
Study with Domenico Facci
New York Studio

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Nicholas B. Daddazio

Tycoon Magazine
VM and SD Magazine
(Catalogue) Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti

Influences / Inspiration of Nicholas B. Daddazio

Donald DeLue
Domenico Facci
Antoine-Louis Barye
Henry Moore
Lynn Chadwick
Clement Meadmoore
Richard Serra
(many others)

Price Range of Work

Nicholas B. Daddazio's work has a price range from £4,167 to £66,667

Mediums utilised

Nicholas B. Daddazio's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Nicholas B. Daddazio's work is found in the following categories on site:
Necktie Sculptures (19)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (12)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (12)
Organic / Abstract Sculpture (6)
Awards, Trophies, Presentations and Prizes Sculptures (5)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (4)
Musician and Musical Sculptures (3)
Wind Musical Instruments Musicians or Players and Composers sculpture statue statuette (3)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Stylized People Sculptures (2)
Geometric Sculpture Statues statuary statuettes. Usually Abstract Contemporary Modern work (2)
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures (2)
Nudes, Female Sculptures
Every day Objects ( Sculptures of inorganic things)
Sculptures of Sport in General
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Animals in General Sculptures Statues
Circus / Stage Performer Sculptures or Statues
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures
Love / Affection Sculpture
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Pop Art Sculpture
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Human Figurative Sculptures
Corporate Sculptures

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Nicholas B. Daddazio's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2010 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition


Jane Lee interviews Nicholas B. Daddazio

This is the link to the interview segment in Uncover New York - ABC TV
Jane Lee interviews Nick Daddazio in his Greenwich Village Studio, 7 March 2012

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