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Ricks Terstappen: Rust Never Fails


Ricks Terstappen: Rust Never Fails | Alcove and Foyer Gallery

12 December 2014 - 1 February 2015

The sculptural works of Ricks Terstappen are an on-going exploration of scale, form and colour. Whether abstract or figurative, each sculpture expresses Ricks’ love of metalwork and his in-depth knowledge of its properties and processes.

Ricks has an ability to create something beautiful from the most unforgiving raw materials. He sees potential in found objects and ‘scrap’ metal that others would discard. Small components are often combined to create larger three-dimensional forms. Sometimes illusory, the steel structures can appear almost weightless.

Originally from the Netherlands, Ricks has called Hawke’s Bay home since 1978. He initially developed his craft working in wood, before moving predominantly into mixed media and metalwork over the last two decades. This prolific full-time artist has undertaken numerous artistic collaborations and been involved in public sculpture projects throughout New Zealand.

While Ricks has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Hastings City Art Gallery, this is his first solo show here. Through this selection of work we offer you a small taste of the diversity and range of one of Hawke’s Bay’s best-loved artists.

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