Welcome to my online art gallery. My name is Pierre Riche and i'd like to share with you my sculpture portfolio. I am constantly working to make my sculpture forms more dynamic and accurate to life. What inspires me is to capture the vitality, movement and essence of my subject mater. I aim to represent it sculpturaly with grace and elegance while using hard industrial metal shapes. I choose to sculpt with welded metals because It allows a direct expression to enter the work or art. The results don’t lie. if you don’t have control over the medium it is obvious. when working with metal fabrication tools to produce fine art sculpture it demands allot. Allot of energy, focus, Knowledge of how to handle the tools and vision. Holding the vision is the most important part. The most rewarding thing for me about making art with welded metals is having a vision of something and following it through to completion. My hope is to create something new, meaningful, exciting and inspiring. If I do achieve that the thrill is often short lived and I am after the next creation. Each piece of sculpture finished marks challenges overcome and with every new inspired compulsion comes more challenges to conquer . The greatest satisfaction of this process lies in the un-calculated moment of fluid artistry when ones-self becomes one with the welder, the tools and the art and the artwork sort of makes itself. I guess an athlete would consider that being in the zone. Enjoy viewing the different categories of subject matter i've been working with. Figures, Horses, faces and commissioned sculpture are featured in the gallery section.
Description of my work- The material i sculpt with is recycled metals. Sometimes referred to as up-cycled, the metal i use has served its function in the practical/ functional world and has been discarded as no longer useful or desired. Most of these metals have become rusty and unusable for its intended purpose but make for an excellent sculpture medium. As a clay sculptor uses clay to define their form, I use discarded metals in the same way. Only my technique and tools are different. Where a clay artist uses a wooden knife or their fingers to separate their clay and apply it, I use a cutting torch, metal cutting saws, abrasive grinding wheels, welding torches and welders to cut and join the metals together. Further forming of the desired sculpture form is attained by torch heating, hammering, grinding and polishing. this process is traditionally referred to as direct metal sculpting.