Welcome, my name is Pierre Riche. I am constantly working to make sculpture forms more dynamic, evocative, interesting and accessible. It inspires me to capture the vitality, movement and essence of my subject mater in welded metal sculpture. I sculpt human and animal forms using industrial metal parts and shapes collected from salvage scrap-yards, and wherever they can be found. I create sculpture that charge space with inspiring curiosity, The dynamic energy of wonder and the satisfaction of seeing unique art.
Description of my work- The material I sculpt with is recycled metals. Sometimes referred to as up-cycled, re-cycled or re-purposed. Steel, stainless steel, copper, bronze and aluminum scrap metals are used. 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 a desired sculpture is attained by torch heating, hammering, grinding and polishing. this process is traditionally and historically referred to as direct metal sculpting. When the work is finished it is cleaned and coated for the desired look and protection for indoor or outdoor placement.