Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ricky Swallow

All of these amazing scultpures by Ricky Swallow are carved from wood. Click images to enlarge.


Ricky Swallow, Together is the New Alone, Jelutong, Epoxy putty, Glass, 2002


Ricky Swallow, Rehearsal for Retirement (detail), English Lime wood, poplar, 2008


Ricky Swallow, The Bricoleur, Jelutong, 2006


Ricky Swallow, The Bricoleur (detail), Jelutong, 2006


Ricky Swallow, Field Recording/Highland Park Hydra, Jelutong, 2003


Ricky Swallow, Field Recording/Highland Park Hydra (detail), Jelutong, 2003

Ricky Swallow, Come Together, Jelutong, 2002

Ricky Swallow, Instrument, Jelutong, 2002

Ricky Swallow, Everything is Nothing, Jelutong, epoxy putty, 2003


Ricky Swallow, Killing Time, Jelutong, Maple bracing, 2003-2004


Ricky Swallow, Killing Time, Jelutong, Maple bracing, 2003-2004


Ricky Swallow, The Exact Dimensions of Staying Behind, English Limewood, 2005


Ricky Swallow, Unbroken Ways (for Derek Bailey), English Limewood, 2006


Ricky Swallow, Younger than Yesterday, English Limewood, 2006

Ricky Swallow, History of Holding, Turkish Boxwood, 2007


Ricky Swallow, History of Holding (detail), Turkish Boxwood, 2007

41 comments:

clorivak said...

These are absolutely incredible Droll!!! I loove the birdie ones! That fish one is amazing too.

Have a Great Day!!! :0)

Dan W Johnson said...

Amazing. I barely have enough patience to post photos..

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Holy moley. Some people have all the talent.

...love Maegan said...

the fact that it is wood and looks like liquid is blowing me away.

Danielle said...

It would be incredible if he constructed an entire theatre set out of that technique!

Penny said...

I would give anything to be as talented as this.I don't even think I would have the imagination to figure out what to carve.This man is awesome.

ticklishfromadistance said...

This is wood? Amazing. Those fish! Wow.

Pop Champagne said...

wow these sculptures are amazing, they got so much detail in them. I love the first one, and the shoe in the tree one.

Sucks to hear that you got searched in van airport! I got the same in Montreal and I was too so pissed! I blame it on the french since I didn't speak any french they prob thought this little asian girl was a terriorst in Quebec

me melodia said...

omg! These looks stunning. I want that bird sneaker or the fish buckets. I have a major softspot for sculptural items. I guess it's bc I am not good with my hands.
Ah, I can't get over these. They look like they'd be smooth and soft.
Thanks!

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Amazing! What detail!

Gary Heller said...

These are amazing. The various textures he creates from wood is fantastic.

Gabbi said...

Gorgeous work!

mylittlebecky said...

mind boggling! the things people can do with things.

diane said...

He is to wood what Salvidor Dali was to paint.

TheBeautyFile said...

These are TOO COOL! That beanbag/skull chair is so hard to believe it's made of wood! i would probably get a splinter on my a$$!

Diana said...

my favorite is the last one! i love these, some don't even look like sculpture!

Kellie said...

That is talent! Wow. So lifelike it's amazing it's all wood!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Amazing detail and what a talent to create such definition out of wood. They're all great!

down and out chic said...

these are friggin amazing! i wonder if he gets a lot of splinters.

Carla said...

These are incredible. This guy has a sensitive heart. He turns wood to clay. Bravo. Thanks Carla x

Gabby said...

I almost can't believe it's all wood. That's amazing!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Mind blowing...I was srarrring at the chains! "wood?" Goodness-Gracious!

Chris said...

Those are incredible! I can't believe how fluid and life-like these look, despite being wood.

LipstickOne said...

AMAZING....from wood???? wow!

miriam said...

these pieces are amazing. can't believe how much effort he's put into it, the details are just wow.

Elizabeth Marie said...

Wow, I love those! The first one is my fav! Little birdie.

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Andhari said...

The shoe is cool, although the hand thru the wall is pretty much creepy. Such talent :)

Hanako66 said...

wow, how amazing!

Chessa! said...

amazing. I can't believe they are carved from wood. they looks so soft and smooth.

~ ennui ~ said...

Great find drollgirl!
The first is my favorite :)

The Seeker said...

OMG this is amazing!!!!
The first one is sooooooo "real".
Love those, thanks for sharing.

Luv

xoxo

GUGAW said...

These are awesome, nice find x

Tiffany said...

people's talents seriously amaze me.

apriliniowa said...

That is amazing whittlin'!

creative kerfuffle said...

wow. nice wood. and? his name is ricky swallow? THAT is priceless. ok, sorry, the 16 yr old boy in me couldn't help it. it's WOOD. and swallow. bbbbbaaaaaaaaaaahhhaaaaaaaaaa
ahem--the grown up woman side of me thinks the sculptures are remarkable as well : )

diane said...

LOL @ creative kerfuffle's comment.

Girl Japan said...

I second that, Ricky Swallow.. Priceless.. I can not believe this is all wood?

thereddeer said...

Absolutely amazing work - I can't believe that they are all carved from wood! Really, really cool.

b is for brown said...

can i sit on the beanbag? incredible talent.

erin@designcrisis said...

Wood?! Really? Really? Really?

I don't believe it. That is insane!

Sigh, I am such a sucker for craftsmanship.

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