Aitken, Richard

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The first exhibition in 2013 fuelled a passion that has been hard to slow down. My early pieces were constructed out of recycled found objects. I was always scoping out unusual or common interesting everyday items. My subconscious starting this engine in my mind, thinking and exploring for the compositions that these elements could become.

This initial interest has continued to develop my search for more creative reconfigurations of recyclable objects. There’s great satisfaction and an organic feeling about relieving the earth of potential waste.

I have endeavoured to follow my organic sense with strong connections to the earth, nature and repurposing.

My roadside canvases have renewed the lives of washing machines, filing cabinets, toolboxes, fridges, lockers, laundry troughs and numerous other kerbside pickups. Cut, welded, scratched, bashed, painted and my favourite addition – Rust, has added a natural feel to my organic abstracts. This has been a very fulfilling artistic direction as my abstract development grows. The experimental use of the earths’ natural patinas has so much more potential.

I have been complimented by winning the 2019 Town of Claremont art award. This exhibition was the first event I had entered with this type of piece. This positive reinforcement has encouraged me to take my practice to a new level.

I have just really started my artistic journey.

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Featured Work

Aitken, Richard - Featured Work The Experimental Murder
  • Year: 2020
  • Materials: Treated charcoaled timber and metal
  • Size: 50 x 200 x 50 cm
  • Price: $2,400

    My work is an extension of my artist journey of experimentation. I wondered what would happen if I burnt some timber and then sealed it. The results of which have been very good in stabilising the charcoal. The crow is one of the blackest creatures in the world, so decided to make some and this is the result.

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