Posts Tagged ‘steel’

Artist of the moment………Charles Ray



Charles Ray is an American sculptor and photographer renown for his work with the figure. Charles Ray was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1953. Ray attended the University of Iowa where he earned a BFA. The artist went on to earn a MFA from Rutgers University.

One artist that Ray drew inspiration from was the Constructivist Anthony Caro.

Ray has also spent much of his career as head of the sculpture department at the University of California at Los Angeles. Ray began this post in 1981.

The artist has a wide range of styles he likes to work in from realism to minimalism. For realism he has created many works that include multiple figures and even an automobile just after it was in an accident.

Below we visit a show featuring Charles Ray that took place in 2014:

Ray has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip we view an exhibition for the Charles Ray that took place at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Ray is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: Ray’s works range from $50,000 to $750,000. He is a highly collected sculptor and photographer.



Artist of the moment……….Joel Morrison


Joel Morrison is an American contemporary sculptor and installation artist. Joel Morrison was born in Seattle, Washington in the year 1976. Morrison attended Central Washington University where he earned a bachelors degree in English literature.

The artist attended Central Washington University where he earned a bachelors degree in English literature.

Morrison went on to study sculpture and earn a M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University located in California. . The artist also studied abroad in France before he began his college studies in the United States.

Morrison usually casts his sculptures in steel or fiberglass. He is famous for using modern found objects in his art including bubble wrap, shopping carts, and plastic bottles.

In this clip we view a show from Hong Kong featuring Joel Morrison that took place in 2012:

The artist is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of artist Joel Morrison:

I enjoy the high level of abstraction and also modern materials such as plastic bottles and bubble wrap used in the work of Joel Morrison. A great example of contemporary sculpture.



Artist of the moment…….Frederick Prescott

Fredrick Prescott is an exciting artist born in 1949 renown for his work with kinetic sculpture. The works of Prescott are meant to be touched by the viewer. What I enjoy about his art is the liveliness and well drawn aspects of the work. The artist works with some studio assistants and is based out of Hawaii. Prescott usually constructs works out of steel that involve crowds of people.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $45,000.

If I had to compare this artist to another artist it would be Red Grooms. Red Grooms has the same cartoony and whimsical style of drawing. Below are some examples of Red Grooms.

In this clip we view one Frederick Prescott’s famed kinetic animal sculptures of a buffalo! The movement makes the steel come to life.

In this clip we view another Prescott work featuring a tiger:

What a fascinating artist!


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.