Discover Local Artists: Muses and Sirens

By Christine Davis

The Art Gallery At Eissey Campus presents Chris Riccardo of Jupiter and Jacques de Beaufort of West Palm Beach in the exhibit “Muses and Sirens” Oct. 30 – Nov 30.

Chris Riccardo of Jupiter makes powerful figurative sculptures that push ceramic arts to the edge. Bursting with a raw, absurdist and unapologetically sexual energy, his work explores the dimensions of human experience that we all obsess over, but hardly ever discuss.

Riccardo does this with a supreme degree of candor and honesty that is matched only by his virtuosity as a technician. Riccardo invokes compelling narratives that leave ample room for the viewer to exist within, and his playful style belies the dead seriousness and gravity of his vision.

Ricardo received a BFA in sculpture from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. Upon graduation he opened his own fine art bronze casting foundry. Currently, he is the Director of the Sculpture and Foundry Departments at the Armory Art Center.

Exhibited throughout the United States, his clay sculptures are on display at the Mindy Solomon Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL. His clay and bronze sculptures have been published in the World’s Greatest Erotic Artists, Volumes 2, 3 and 4, Sculpture Review and Ceramic Now Magazine.

In 2002, he was asked to design and fabricate the memorial for CeeCee Lyles, a flight attendant from Ft. Pierce who was aboard Flight 93 on September 11th. Ricardo has been invited to the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts as a summer resident artist. His 3-month residency begins June 2013.

"Parasite," 13 by 13 by 7 inches, fired earthenware with underglazes, price: $1200

In Jacques de Beaufort’s paintings, otherworldly beings stare back at the viewer through the masks of ancient archetypal forms. His paintings act as portals to a space beyond the mundane world that we all long to escape and in the presence of his work one realizes that this is easier to accomplish than originally believed.

"Hecate," oil on panel, 23 by 27 inches, price: $2500

De Beaufort makes visible the shamanic threads that lead us back into the labyrinth of magical and mythical consciousness, and through his paintings we become re-acquainted with a pantheon of ancestral beings that still inhabit our world and can yet be observed in the right conditions.

He is an artist, filmmaker and an associate professor of visual art at Palm Beach State College. He has previously exhibited his work in solo and group shows in New York, Chicago and London, but primarily in the Los Angeles area where he lived for a decade after graduating from the California Institute of the Arts in 2000. De Beaufort’s first feature length film “Sanctum and Sacrum” will be released in 2013.

The opening reception is on Tuesday, Oct 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For information call, (561) 207-5015. The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is at Palm Beach State College, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens. lThe Art Gallery is located in the BB building.

 

 

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