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Fabulous Animals is an eclectic collection of automata created by Neil Hardy just outside London, England.

Neil's inspired humour has created "Evolutionary Blunders", a series that explains how and when quirks developed in the genetic blueprint of some of our dearest and closest friends in this planet.

Using wood, metal, paint, fleece and other valuable materials, Neil illustrates the epic side of Nature while making powerful philosophical statements few would ever attempt.

If you appreciate high-concept art, and you enjoy receiving compliments on your good taste, you must own an original 'Fab' by Neil Hardy!

one of Fabulous Animals'
Automata creations!

Please browse my range
of Automata here!

Videos of a selection of pieces can be seen here!

New pieces are always being created - please email me for details

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another Fabulous Animals'
Automata creation!


"Goodness - your animals are more than fabulous! They are STUPENDOUS! They arrived safe and sound... they are beyond my wildest dreams - so funny, so cute, so creative. I absolutely adore them!" Susie Paplow, New York

"Just wanted to thank you for your automata. Got them yesterday . They are most wonderful! Really great and full of humour as well. I am very pleased with them." Brad Norris, Santa Fe CA

"Everything looks and works great. I'm having a carpenter coming over next week to build a Neil Hardy Shrine for the proper display. Please stay and touch and let me know when a new animal is unearthed." Harry Shuman, Ossingham NY

"It is a delightful piece and I am very pleased to have it. My wife now insists we have to make a special place to display it - like maybe a pedestal. I own quite a few pieces of automata - Spooner, Markey, New stead, etc., - and am happy to now add a Hardy to the collection. Thanks again." Michael Croft, Tuscon AZ

"We appreciate your work, it is a very original look on life and we are all very happy to have your work here. you last automatas are very rich and they give a brilliant atmosphere of art and intelligence all around. we are all very happy to have and play with them. Our visitors too." Guido Accascina, Italy

Neil Hardy with one of his creations

Meet Neil Hardy In his own words...

Until 1992, I had been an Architect for thirteen years, working in practices in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh. During this period, I became more interested in mechanical models and how they worked. As a child, the works and drawings of Heath Robinson and Emmett had always intrigued me, and I began to make simple models based on their particular style and humour.

In November 1992, I decided to pursue automata making full time and started in earnest designing and creating new pieces. I became a member of the British Toymakers Guild in 1993. Since that time, I have found a number of craft shops and galleries who have sold my work on a regular basis throughout the UK.

In 1994/5, I began to receive letters from abroad enquiring about the pieces and they are now being sold in a number of Galleries from Paris to Japan as well as in America.

In 2005 I took part in the World Karakuri competition in Japan. Karakuri is the Japanese equivalent to automata. Out of 600 entries, 35 were invited to Japan for the final competition and I was one of a handful selected from Europe. The final event was televised on Japanese TV and I was awarded a special jury prize for ‘ An outstanding work that showed original conceptualisation and creativity’. The work is now in a museum in Germany. Later that year I took up a residency in Australia at the Noosa gallery in Queensland. Automata is fairly unknown there and it was hoped through teaching and producing a few pieces for the gallery that a new interest would be born

Since then I have been asked to make pieces for a new museum in Korea and Italy, and also asked by the Japan organisers of the Karakuri to provide 2 large works for a new museum they are creating for automata.

The work has also been exhibited at various museums around the world:

• Vente Museum, Tokyo - Japan
• Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum, Michigan - USA
• Gabriels Wharf, South Bank - London
• Bethnal Green Toy Museum – London
• Waldkricher Orgelbau Museum – Germany
• Noosa Gallerey – Australia

I was also proud to receive the Malsbury Memorial Cup for Automata in 1994, and the Longleat Cup for most popular work at the Fair voted for by the children in 1996 - both presented to be by the British Toymakers Guild.

Browse my range of Automata here!

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