It is a powerful image—at once compelling and provocative—an old-fashioned rocking horse, collapsed. This is the work of Nicholas Crombach.
The Kingston based artist creates sculptures from a variety of cast mediums including bronze and resin. This elegant, exquisitely detailed rocking horse is rendered in the likeness of horses from the Victorian era often tragically lost in dangerous fox hunts. Crombach’s thought-provoking work has long been focused on humans’ complex relationships with animals—a natural theme for the young boy who grew up on a dairy farm. This piece is made of resin, wood and synthetic hair. The colour palette is appropriately earthy and rich—dark gray, green, bronze and burgundy. ‘End of the Chase’ was part of a recent art exhibit called ‘Behind Elegantly Carved Wooden Doors’ which focused on…
“…a history of hunting; its cultural significance and the dilemmas present within, including current day, and a history of vanishing craft traditions, employing the rich visual culture of the hunt to assemble a bricolage of works which revel in contradiction.” Nicholas Crombach
Born in Toronto (1989) Crombach is a graduate of OCAD’s Sculpture and Installation program. He has received many grants and awards including the Abraham and Malka Green award, a BMO 1st Art Nomination as well as grants from Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council. He was the 2016-17 artist in residence at The Florence Trust in London, UK and in 2022 at the Studios at MASS MoCA in the US. Crombach has completed many public art commissions and has exhibited widely in Canada, Spain, and England. His work is held in private, corporate and public collections including the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern in Barcelona and First Capital Realty in Toronto.