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Richard Pinney worked with wood from boyhood. His father was a fine craftsman and observation clearly showed the child that it was more fun to make your own toys than buy them. But in a long interim, Pinney went other directions artistically, accumulating some 28 one-man shows primarily in painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture. He returned to wood and mixed media with some startling results.
Pinney stumbled onto a new form- personal or family sculpture. In these pieces, the interests, enthusiasms, occupations and preoccupations of an individual or a family are represented in wood. The pieces are commissioned of course, because each is as distinctly personal as a fingerprint. Working from simple lists that indicated what is fundamentally important to the individual or family. Honors, education,favorite food and drink, pets, hobbies, sayings, dates, whatever, these works were normally commissioned as gifts for special occasions. Frequently companies honored businesses associates with a personal sculpture on retirement or as a simple (but amazing) "thank-you" for work well done.
The artist created wood or mixed media sculptures for major corporations nationwide. A business or a corporations (like an individual) has a personality, a style. It not only does something, it is something.
Pinney's corporate sculptures portrayed that personality without being pat or typical. Anything important to the operations of the company were symbolized - history, founders, products, markets, personnel, logos, etc. Average size 4' x 8'.
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