Sculpture to Screen



Sculptor Nick Elphick working on a bust of F1 legend Tom Pryce.

Former St David's College pupil Nick Elphick describes being recognised by fans of

Salvage Hunters: The Restorers shown on Quest, as "weird".

The sculptor who in the past has worked for the likes of the contemporary artist Damien Hirst, has already been signed up for the second series. The hit spin-off show features a group of artisan restorers mostly from North Wales, restoring and refurbishing antiques bought by Drew Pritchard, who stars in Salvage Hunters.

"I'm very pleased and proud to be on the team," said Nick, who lives in Llandudno.

"It's amazing that there are all these incredible artisan people in North Wales, and Drew Pritchard is a pleasure to work with, he's very down to earth and has always been hugely supportive of my work."

He continued: "The team behind the show are also fantastic to work with. We have already started filming the second series and I'm restoring works from the Old Masters."

A new commission he hopes to work on is a statue of Tom Pryce-Wales's only Formula 1 driver, from Ruthin.

Tom - known to his pals as Mald - was just 27 when horror struck in a freak accident at the Kyalami circuit during the 1977 South African Grand Prix, shaking the racing world to its core.

Nick is hoping enough money is raised so that he can make a life-sized statue of Pryce, to be installed in his hometown.

He says he feels a connection with the F1 driver. "I've been to the museum and met the people who knew him, and have seen his photographs and I like the way he was just a really humble guy who shunned the limelight, but had this incredible raw talent," he said.

"For him it was all about the cars and driving. I love the story and I think it's really important that North Wales figures like Tom Pryce are remembered."

He added: "Being on Salvage Hunters means I can afford to chose what I really want to do, "I've had some really nice private commissions since the show has come out."

He continued: "Being on Salvage Hunters means I can afford to chose what I really want to do, I've had some really nice private commissions since the show has come out.

"My mate from Amsterdam rang me up the other day saying he was watching me on telly, it's all quite surreal."

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