About

After an apprenticeship with Yael Artsi,  Richard was introduced to Italy via Cynthia Sah & Nicholas Bertoux. There were sizable gaps in between works in which he built a house and studio in Raglan.

Sculpture was always in my mind, and life in it’s own way, has led me to the decision to sculpt full time

Direction: “I work mostly with the a locally (Raglan NZ) sourced extrusive and intrusive volcanic rock called Basalt. It makes up for most of the worlds Oceanic crust which in the past two years has inspired me to create geometric shapes, which connect someway or another to all things aquatic. Through my studies of seashells I came across ‘the golden section’.  This sacred geometry has opened up new dimensions to my work and enabled me to incorporate growth and balance to my finished pieces”

History

1991:

Started traditional apprenticeship with Israeli artist Yael Artsi.

1995:

Worked on first public art piece for Beilinson Medical Centre, Israel – Bethlehem Stone.

1997:

Assistant, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial, City Hall Te Aviv – Basalt

1999:

Farum, Denmark.  International Sculptor Symposium – Red Granite

2000:

Assistant with Cynthia Sah & Nicolas Bertoux – ARTCO, Seravezza, Tuscany, Italy.  Shi Ding Highway (Taiwan) project.
Sequence – 220 tonne Marble
Public commission for Te Awamutu township.  The Gate – Basalt

2002:

Assistant with Steve Woodward on commission for Taiwan Railway Station. – Granite, marble, bronze, aluminum.

2003:

Assistant with Cynthia Sah & Nicolas Bertoux – ARTCO.
Public commission for new Hong Kong,  Railway Station.
Waves of the Rainbow – Marble

2004:

Assistant for Louise Purvis on commission for Auckland Domain.
Waka – Marble

2006:

Assistant for Louise Purvis on commission for Wellington City.
Siesmic – Marble

2007:

Assistant  for John Edgar on private commission.  Basalt/sandstone

2009:

Raglan Sculpture Symposium.  Adze -Basalt

2010:

Te Kopenga Sculpture Symposium, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Exhibited alongside Ralph Hotere, Pieter Peters gallery, Parnell, Auckland

2011:

Currently working on trophies for the Hyundai NZ Longboard Surfing Series
aluminium

International assistant works:

Yael Artsi

Nicholas Bertoux

Nicholas Bertoux