Nic Compton

Nic Compton‘s life as a working artist spans three decades in which he has created significant works that remain in private and public realms.

Raised in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Nic is connected to his tupuna, his Maori ancestors through growing up in the same landscape of hills, rivers and deep gullies inland of Lake Wairarapa and the nearby beaches of the south east coast of the North Island, particularly Riversdale Beach, where his grandmother dove for paua on the rocks her grandparents knew.

Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand and having respect for his Maori culture and heritage, Nic’s work draws on an ancient sensibility. He has a strong passion for carving natural materials such as timber and stone to create works that provoke thought and wonder.

He demonstrates deep appreciation of the classical styles and of good structure as a strong foundation of sculptural form. He believes the work should carry a sense of energy or personal power and authority much like the Maori mana.

Nic works from a studio in the wheatbelt town of York, Western Australia approximately 100 kilometres east of Perth.

In addition to his more intimate, studio based work, Nic has completed many large scale public artworks that continue to be appreciated and enjoyed by Western Australian communities.


2023, Stirling Square Noongar / Whadjuk a collaboration with Sharyn Egan, City of Swan

2022, Brabham Park, Peet Ltd.

2022, Muresk Agricultural Institute, Department of Training and Workforce Development

2021, Maylands Waterland, Josh Byrne and Associates

2021, Pearl Divers and Boat Builders Quarters, Broome, Shire of Broome

2020, Comet, Hammond Park, Vivente, Richard Noble

2019, Chinatown Shopkeepers Sculpture, Shire of Broome

2018, Stolen Generation Acknowledgement, Point Walter Reserve collaboration with Sharyn Egan, City Melville

2016, Pod Seat, Carlisle, City of Victoria Park

2016, Ornate Crevice Dragon, Mundaring Sculpture Park

2015, Spider Park, Buckland Hill, Town of Mosman Park

2014, Saw Avenue Playground and Picnic Area Stage II, Kings Park and Botanic Garden

2014, Arts Centre Quadrangle, Northam Senior High School, Education Department of WA

2014, Imaginarium Playground, Holy Cross Primary School, Ellenbrook

2007, Wooroloo Prison Upgrade, Department of Justice

2000, Rockingham Police Station, Western Australian Police Force


2023, Life Unfurling, Rockingham Arts Centre

2008, Stratified, Gallery East

2004, Metamorganics, Fremantle Arts Centre

2000, Deep Time Trawling , Fremantle Arts Centre

1998, Drum, Kalla Yeedip Gallery, Midland Junction Arts Centre

1997, Whanau Hui, Padbury Gallery, Parkerville Children’s Home

1996, Race Memory, The Verge Gallery

1193, Solo, Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan

1990, Solo, The Home, Nedlands


2023, Sirens, Gallows Gallery

2020, Sculpture at Bathers Beach, Kidogo Arthouse

2019, View to Asia, Shinju Matsuri, Broome

2018, Northam Art Prize Winner, Shire of Northam

2017, Sculpture in the Harbour, City of Albany

2017, Sculpture at Bathers Beach, Kidogo Arthouse

2015, Matter matters, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park

2010, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

2004, Shire of Mundaring Art


The Ian Bernardt Collection

Lloyd and Liz Horn Collection

Gomboc Gallery, Sculpture Park Collection

Wise Vineyard

Paul Wakelam Collection

Dr David Cooke Collection


Sanyi – Miaole Art Museum, Taiwan

Warawarni-gu (Healing) Art Centre, Roebourne

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

City of Wanneroo