b. 1974, Australia

Ricky Swallow Biography

Ricky Swallow is Australia’s best-known contemporary sculptor with his work held in international collections and the artist representing Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2005. 

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His practice draws from American popular culture but is equally layered in allegories that reference high European art, considering the transitory nature of existence.  Swallow attended the Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne (1993-1997), and following his graduation established a reputation for his meticulously crafted sculptures. 

Swallow lived in England (2003-2006) and has been resident in Los Angeles since 2006. His skill as a sculptor has been described as almost obsessive, but has ensured his work draws attention to the beauty and preciousness of the most humble of forms and seemingly shallowest of images, encouraging a complexity of responses.  For example, his sculpture, Rooftop Shoot Out with Chimpanzee (1999), included a modestly scaled skyscraper from a seemingly fictitious late night television show that locates the viewer as the ‘eye of God,’ inviting consideration of the distancing of humanity from nature. 

Swallow’s work is held in the collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 

Ricky Swallow Featured Artworks

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Standing Form (hooped) by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork sculpture
Ricky Swallow Standing Form (hooped), 2019 Patinated bronze and oil paint
36.2 x 44.5 x 12.7 cm
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Corner Form with Rope (Pulled Star) by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork mixed media
Ricky Swallow Corner Form with Rope (Pulled Star), 2019 Bronze and oil paint
101.6 x 67.9 x 48.3 cm
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Corner Form with Rope by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork sculpture
Ricky Swallow Corner Form with Rope, 2019 Bronze and oil paint
128.3 x 49.2 x 27.6 cm
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Standing Form with Arches #1 by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork sculpture
Ricky Swallow Standing Form with Arches #1, 2019 Bronze and oil paint
28.9 x 52.1 x 18.4 cm
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Cap #2 by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork sculpture
Ricky Swallow Cap #2, 2018 Patinated bronze
10.8 x 10.5 x 5.4 cm
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(0) by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork sculpture
Ricky Swallow (0), 2016–2018 Bronze and oil paint
114.3 x 73.7 x 15.9 cm
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Floor Sculpture with Pegs #2 by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork sculpture
Ricky Swallow Floor Sculpture with Pegs #2, 2018 Patinated bronze
10.2 x 102.2 x 105.4 cm
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Floor Sculpture with Pegs #1 by Ricky Swallow contemporary artwork sculpture
Ricky Swallow Floor Sculpture with Pegs #1, 2018 Patinated bronze
9.5 x 202.6 x 86.4 cm
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Ricky Swallow Recent & Recent Exhibitions

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Ricky Swallow Represented By

David Kordansky Gallery contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, USA
David Kordansky Gallery Los Angeles, New York
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