Welcome, my name is Pierre Riche. I am constantly working to make my sculpture forms more dynamic, evocative and accessible. It inspires me to capture the vitality, movement and essence of my subject mater in welded metals. I attempt to sculpt human and animal forms with grace and elegance while using industrial metal parts and shapes collected from salvage scrap-yards, and wherever they can be found. My hope is to create sculpture that charge a space with inspiring curiosity, The dynamic energy of wonder and the satisfaction of seeing well made art. My artwork pushes the limit of uniqueness in it's use and application of materials, artistry, craftsmanship and purpose.
Description of my work- The material I sculpt with is recycled metals. Sometimes referred to as up-cycled, re-cycled or re-purposed. the metal i use has served its function in the practical/ functional world and has been discarded as no longer useful, usable or desired. Most of these metals have become rusty and unusable for its intended purpose but make for an excellent sculpture medium. stainless steel, copper, bronze and aluminum scrap metals are also used. 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. When the work is finished it is cleaned and coated for the desired look and protection for indoor or outdoor placement.