Price range: £3300 - £10,500
Rick Kirby was born in 1952 in Gillingham, Kent into a naval family. After a somewhat peripatetic lifestyle his art education began in Somerset at the College of Art, followed by his BA from Newport School of Art and then teaching art for 16 years. It was whilst teaching that Rick’s leaning towards sculpture evolved, initially working in stone. Whilst sharing a studio with someone who worked in steel, he was inspired to explore this medium which was the start of a remarkable journey.
His mainly figurative work, predominately made from small welded steel plates varying in height from 1m to around 10m and can be found in both public and private collections from Hastings to Glasgow.
He cites the architect Frank Gehry as being “the most influential artist” to have inspired him and Rick’s stunning work is now almost as recognisable in his own chosen field.
Rick exhibits both nationally and internationally and his work can be found in many public and private collections. He also undertakes many public commissions including:
2009 Silver Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire.
2008 The Atrium, Camberley, Surrey.
2008 Grand Arcade, Wigan, Lancashire.
2008 Innovation Centre, Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
2007 Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
2007 Northern Entrance, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
2005 Alexandra Park, Hastings, East Sussex.
2005 Upper Quays, Port Marine, Portishead, North Somerset.
2005 Portishead Quays, Port Marine, North Somerset.
2005 Endeavour Park, Boston, Lincolnshire.
2004 Ravenswood, Ipswich, Suffolk.
2004 Central Spine, Port Marine, Portishead, North Somerset.
2004 Rouse Kent Memorial, Kings Hill, Kent (unveiled by H.R.H. Duke of Kent)
2004 William de Ferrers Centre, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.
2003 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Kent.
2002 The National Trust, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk. (unveiled by Shamus Heaney)
2002 Central Park, Port Marine, Portishead, North Somerset.
2002 Burghley House, Lincolnshire.
2001 Burghley House, Lincolnshire.
2001 Calne Town Centre, North Wiltshire. (unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)
2000 Castlemilk, Gateway to Glasgow.
2000 The National Trust, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk.
2000 St. Thomas’ Hospital, South Bank, London. (unveiled by H.R.H. Princess Margaret)
1999 Brixworth Country Park, Northamptonshire.
1998 London Symphony Orchestra, The Barbican, London.
1997 Chad Sculpture Park, Kent.
1997 Friary Court, Boston, Lincolnshire
1997 The Gardens of Gaia, Kent.
1997 Prudhoe Arts Complex, Northumberland (unveiled by Chris Smith, Minister of Culture).