WAG Gallery Shop Presents Winnipeg’s own Richard Finney
Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 25, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to present the stunning sculptural work of Richard Finney at the Gallery Shop. Containment opens Friday, February 26 with an artist’s reception from 6-9pm. The show runs until March 19 and all pieces are for sale.
Finney uses his art to convey stories, some original, some fanciful, and some historical interpretations. Finney’s most recent body of work is the Urns and Reliquaries series, a collection rooted in the reliquary: a container that holds a trinket or remnant of a revered holy being. Finney uses the form and function of funerary urns to tell stories, and the void of the container invites the viewer to fill in their answer “why.”
“The stories Richard Finney tells through his artwork really add to the beauty of his exquisitely crafted sculptural vessels,” says Sherri Van Went, WAG Manager of Retail Operations. “The Gallery Shop showcases Winnipeg and Manitoba artists and we are thrilled to feature Richard’s sculpture in this new show.”
Winnipeg-born Finney grew up on the western edge of the city, with farmland and prairie landscapes at his doorstep. He earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1985. Finney’s background in art in conjunction with jewellery arts training, has equipped him with a deep understanding of metals, which is evident in the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship throughout his body of work.
“This collection of sculptures has been developed over many years. The theme allowed me to explore many cultural, historical, and religious ideas,” explains Finney. “I am very proud to be able to present it at the WAG and hope that it causes people to question their beliefs on what art can be.”
In his work, Finney examines themes of environment protection, prairie beauty, the history and architecture of ancient people, and discomfort with societal norms. To learn more about his work, visit richardfinneyart.com.
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