Sculptor Bob Rickard and wife Jacqueline live in New Jersey. They have traveled world wide. Rickard has worked with his hands ever since he was a child growing up on the slopes of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and in San Francisco Bay area in the 50's and 60's. A great part of his present day success is his architectural sensibility of negative space, proportion and balance, mixed with a deep understanding of quality craftsmanship learned working in the Theater during and after college, creating everything from a cherry tree that nightly shed its leaves to an intricate Victorian drawing room or an entire Shakespearean forest replete with twinkling lights. A young Rickard became enamored with the way his set designs transported the viewer to another dimension. This experience is what gives him such insight when preparing collaborative commissioned installations and makes his work unique. Rickard is an honored Niche Awards Finalist and is a juried participant in several exclusive shows. "I have been deeply humbled and grateful for the way that I have been welcomed into galleries and collectors homes," says Rickard.
Stowe Craft and Design has commissioned many pieces from Robert that are inspired by the Vermont mountains and hillside. He uses a unique and scientific approach. After using a hand-held plasma cutter to carve his designs into the base metal, each sculpture is then coated with other metals; typically copper, bronze, and iron. Each of these metals reacts differently to the chemical patinas and dye oxides with which the pieces are finished, creating a rich palette of hues.
Rickard Metal Working Techniques
*Each art wall piece is a signed one-of-a-kind original
*Each 12"x12" piece has a unique hanging system allowing each to be rotated 360*
* Most pieces are made from aluminum with designs cut into the metal and portions of the surface brushed and textured so the bright metal contrasts with the patinas and dyes which provide the color.
Starting with various gauges of aluminum panels , the designs are gouged into the metal with a hand- held plasma torch
The intense heat generated by the torch warps the panels, which are then hand formed back into a flat surface
The areas which feature a bare metal surface are brushed and polished to a bright finish
These areas are then masked off to isolate them from surrounding finishes
The remaining surface of the panels is then coated with an epoxy primer
Once dry, a variety of metal metal coatings suspended in liquid media are applied
Iron, copper, brass, and bronze are used for their reactive qualities
Next, chemical patinas and metal dyes are used to create the vibrant and rich colors
Finally a clear lacquer is applied as a protective sealant