John Matthew Richen has been a professional sculptor since graduating from Oregon State University in 1970. His expertise in metal fabrication brought him immediate acknowledgement from the international art world. In the late 90's he designed his studio in the California Desert in a small peaceful community that provides year round work conditions and inspiration from the variety of landscapes. In addition to bronze, stainless steel and aluminum, this innovative sculptor also incorporates Cor-ten steel, granite, fused glass, water and lighting into selected works.
Motion, light and spirit are the driving force behind each sculptural project. Site-specific opportunities always have a setting but the preferred projects for John Richen are those that have ideas and meaning that can be integrated into the composition providing an intellectual connection with the observer or perhaps a moment of beauty and reflection. Bronze, stainless and aluminum all have unique qualities that support any scale and scope of work. The medium of metal is fluid, light responsive and timeless.
"I have always believed that the strength of metal allows me the opportunity and freedom to create flowing motion. Stainless steel is light responsive, bronze is fluid and aluminum can be carved and stained with a myriad of color. Each material possesses unique qualities and characteristics that support any scale of work and endless design capabilities. Motion, light and spirit are the compelling forces that I strive to capture in my sculpture. Site-specific compositions with expressed meaning and ideas offer the observer the chance to connect intellectually or to perhaps find encouragement, inspiration or beauty through a moment of reflection."