Artist of the moment……George Warren Rickey

George Warren Rickey was born in South Bend, Indiana in the year 1907. George Rickey was known primarily for his kinetic sculptures. His father was employed by a company still operating these days, the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and moved the family to Scotland after taking a job in the country. Rickey did his K-12 and collegiate studies in Scotland.

Studied art in Paris, France.

Around World War II the artist took place in many Works Progress Administration that paid creative people for their talents. He was able to be artist in residence at many colleges. He then joined the Army.

After leaving the Army he used the G.I. bill to attend college at the New York University of Fine Arts and also in Chicago at the Institute of Design. After finishing school the artist went on to teach at the collegiate level in both Pennsylvania and Indiana back in his hometown in South Bend. Here he met a mentor and artist that inspired him named David Rolland Smith.

David Rolland Smith was one of the first Abstract Expressionist painters and sculptors. He was born in 1906 and garnered a reputation for working with basic geometric shapes that were made by welding steel. Below is an example of Smith’s style of art. Smith died in 1965.


Smith also gained inspiration from the sculpture works of Alexander Calder. Calder was not only a printmaker, but a master at incorporating movement into his sculptures. In this clip we visit the kinetic masters last mobile work of art that hangs in the National Gallery of Art. The sculpture is 76 feet long and weighs 920 pounds.

A great clip showing one of Rickey’s kinetic works that moves by wind.

Price range info: Rickey made sculptures from steel anf mixed media that range from $20,000 to one quarter million dollars.

In this clip we see a work of Rickey’s that lives in Scotland.

Another live piece featuring four moving squares. The movement of these works is spectacular!

In 2011 Rickey was featured in Albany New York by the Downtown Business Improvement District.


Has works throughout the United States and Europe. A fair amount of work exists in Berlin where he lived the latter years of his life.

Rickey would eventually move to New York in Chatham and most of his sculptures were made in his studio there.

Rickey passed away in 2002 at the age of 97 years old at his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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