Eamonn Higgins


"Obsessing over technical experimentation has informed the abstraction of my sculpture. In truth I am an abstract artist working within the framework of animal or human figurative. This muscular canvas holds my expression. To create a sense of intimacy, to draw you in to my personal aesthetic. I hope to preserve our sense of self value through a reflection of the human experience." - Eamonn Higgins

Eamonn Higgins is a Sculptor of 20 years based in Northern Ireland. An Artist Blacksmith and owner of Hot Milk Forge Blacksmithing School, Eamonns work has varied from large public art and artistic residencies, to commercial gallery work. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally. He remains one of Irelands leading sculptors.

Speaking on his work Higgins once said: "Craft is the skilled application of techniques honed with practice to demonstrate a unique understanding of the medium and an individual aesthetic created with this understanding".

Higgins use of materials has an honesty of effort and craft, he treats his welders, gas, and plasma cutters in a similar way a traditional sculptor would mould clay;

"Steel and copper are my main mediums. I push to balance my traditional blacksmithing skills with modern contemporary fabrication techniques. By breaking the mediums down to their core elements, whilst adding something complimentary to them, or forcing them to have a relationship with another material; I believe this creates a visual identity unique to me as an artist." Higgins (2019).
The story told in this austere arena of his sculpting techniques, relates to his rural upbringing in the Glens of Antrim. The abstraction of nature that surrounds him can be seen reflected in the subject matter of his work.