9 Jun 2014
Exhibition success at the double for Loughborough University artist
Loughborough University School of the Art graduate, Ian Tricker is celebrating as his work has been selected for two prestigious art exhibitions which support emerging talented artists.
Five of his sculptures are currently on display at The Verve Open 2014. Supported through Degree Art, this show is being held in the old Sunlight Laundry Factory, Loud and Western in Fulham, SW6. In a competition for a place at the exhibition, Ian was awarded first prize. His work, and that of two other artists, is being shown alongside accomplished sculptor Carol Peace.
In September two of his pieces will feature in the 65th anniversary exhibition of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, which will take place at the World Museum, Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial programme. The exhibition will move to London in November. He was one of 55 artists to have been selected from over 1,400 submissions. As a winning artist Ian will receive one-to-one professional development and peer mentoring support, which aims to help the artists capitalise on the opportunities the exhibition affords.
Ian’s sculptures explore the ambiguous forces of nature and the language of sculpture in terms of form and balance – often playfully seeming to defy gravity and time. His choice of materials gives his work a visceral and surreal quality, inviting viewers to experience the decay of man-made structures as nature slowly reclaims her own.
Ian is currently a member of The Studio, the University’s business development programme. As well as providing professional office space, the initiative enables Ian to access the University’s specialist resources and external network of experts to maximise his commercial prospects. As a member of The Studio he has been nominated for a University Think Big Award.
Since graduating Ian has won a competition organised by the University to provide art that will become a feature of a major new landscaping scheme on the University campus. As a finalist student he was commissioned by Charnwood Borough Council to design a set of sculptures to be displayed in Queen’s Park, Loughborough.
Ian comments: “I am exceptionally lucky to have been extremely busy since graduating, working hard to develop to develop my sculptures and expand my practice. It is a real honour to have been selected for these high profile exhibitions which will provide me with valuable experience and great public exposure.”
Photography by Andrew Weekes Photography.