Richard Finney: Containment
Friday, February 26, 2016 to Saturday, March 19, 2016
Presented by Gallery Shop
Artist’s Reception: Friday, Feb 26, 6-9pm
Richard Finney is a storyteller. He 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. He describes this collection of sculpture as being rooted in the reliquary: a container that holds a trinket or remnant of a revered holy being. In this series, Finney uses the form and function of funerary urns to tell stories. The object itself tells a story, and the void of the container allows the viewer to fill in their answer “why.”
Winnipeg-born Finney grew up on the western edge of the city, with farmland and prairie landscapes at his doorstep. He earned a Fine Arts diploma in 1985 from the University of Manitoba. Finney’s background in Fine Arts in conjunction with jewellery arts training, equipped him with a deep understanding of using metals, which is evident in the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship throughout his body of work.
Themes that inspire Finney include: the need to protect the environment, the beauty of the prairies, the history and architecture of ancient peoples, and discomfort with societal norms.