Pierre Riche Art Bio 2014
Pierre Riche is a visionary artist with renaissance tendencies. His artistic mediums range from drawing and painting to welded metal sculpture to large scale multidisciplinary public art forms that travel to festivals and events. His art has been exhibited at the Lincoln Center in NYC, Auctioned by Sotheby’s, and televised in many countries around the world.
After attending the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991 Pierre sculpted metal sculptures tirelessly for over 20 years. For health reasons the artist is now focusing on his painting ability and making a line of custom hats. He still sculpts in metal and takes commissions but is balancing his creativity with a broader palate of art mediums that all speak the same language, the language of flowing creativity and spiritual awakening.
The visionary art of Pierre Riche is inspired by a deep sense that there is something way more mysterious, profound and sacred taking place. One way we can get in touch with knowing this is through art that speaks this language. Pierre Riche’s art facilitates the awakening of ourselves to the greater cosmos and our sacredness within.
This brazed copper sign frame for the Shop Therapy jewelry store on Cape Cod Ma. was commissioned from Pierre Riche Art in 1999.
A template of the sign was constructed on site. After the copper sheets were purchased they were laid out on a metal table and the design was then drawn directly on the copper with soapstone. A massive amount of 1/2″ and 1″ copper strips were cut and put aside.
I then plasma cut out all of the patterns that i previously drew on the copper sheets. Each cut edge had to be gone over lightly with an angle grinder to remove the slag from the cut.
The strips were then brazed onto the deign to give the material the illusion of being solid. Silver brazing rods were torched and flowed into the metal gaps to create a strong, cohesive and uniform weld and look.
I did a ton of the brazing myself and then handed of what i had learned to An intern that assisted in the project. I taught him how to master the technique of brazed copper strapping which he was quite good at by the end of the project.
An aluminum backing and hanging apparatus was securely fixed onto the back of the piece to keep it together in strong seaside winds.
The copper front was polished and clear-coated with a liquor and a brass nameplate plack was affixed with copper rivets.
The sign has since then been moved to the new location down the street and has fared very well over the years.
I like the immediacy and clarity of airbrushing.
I stopped using my blog page in 2010 because i encountered some technical difficulties and it turned me off to the whole blogging experience. I threw in the towel on my blog site and didn’t look back until now.
I have decided to work out the glitches and get back on the blogging bandwagon.
My first blog post in four years.
Its Feb 1st. 2014 and i’m committed to revitalizing my blog. I’t will be exciting, informative, educational, perhaps humorous and fun. For the most part i will be posting news on Pierre Riche Art.
Pierre Riche Art has gone through some changes. The main artistic focus has changed from mostly metal sculpture to now incorporate and offer paintings and prints as well. I have also been working on a line of funky hats which i might talk about here but not until there ready
Pierre Riche’s Metaface ( large multi -media metal sculpture) was placed in a 24 ft. Earth mandala. Lazers were placed on top. Live video feed face mapping on the front . Video projection on the front and back. Live shadow dancing from inside.
This 18 ft. tall Fire sculpture will be exhibited at the Concourse center in San Francisco on June 19th.2010 for Burning Man’s Precompression party.