Nick Reynolds (sculptor)

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Bruce Reynold's grave in Highgate Cemetery.

Nick Reynolds is a British sculptor, best known for his creation of death masks. He is the son of Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind of the Great Train Robbery.[1]

In his youth Reynolds moved around a lot as his father was constantly on the run and living under an assumed name. He went to school in Mexico when the family lived there. As a young adult he was in the Royal Navy and went to the Falkland Islands when the UK responded to the Argentinian invasion in 1982.

People whose death mask he has created include Pat Castange, Lord Jago Elliot and George "Taters" Chatham, once the best-known thief in Britain; but perhaps his most controversial creation is the mask of John Joe "Ash" Amador, a 30-year-old American, who was executed in Huntsville, Texas for the 1994 murder of a San Antonio taxi driver.

Reynolds also plays harmonica in Alabama 3, the London-based group that created The Sopranos' theme song.[2]

Reynolds and his work were the subject of radio program Death Masks: The Undying Face broadcast by the BBC in September 2017.[3]


  1. ^ Campbell, Duncan (2007-09-27). "Duncan Campbell on death mask sculptor Nick Reynolds". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  2. ^ {{cite He also played harmonica in 1995 for the pop group 'Love City Groove' who represented Britain in the Eurovison Song Contest of that year. songnews|url= |newspaper=Liverpool Daily Post |title=Liverpool Discovers: Artists Nick Reynolds on the Great Train Robbery, Death Masks and The Sopranos |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=March 25, 2013 }}
  3. ^ Lee, Helen (14 September 2017). "Death Masks: The Undying Face". BBC.