Acme Studios — Ricky Swallow

Supporting Artists since 1972

Ricky Swallow

Australia Council for the Arts Residency

Ricky Swallow is an Australian artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Ricky uses ordinary materials to create precisely rendered objects that he then casts in bronze. The unique works that result are expressions not only of the objects’ constructed forms, but of the process of transformation by which an inert grouping of things becomes a sculpture.

Ricky has been the subject of numerous solo and two-person exhibitions, including at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California (with Lesley Vance, 2011); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2007); Kunsthalle Wien (2007); MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2006); and the Australian Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale (2005). He has been included in several group exhibitions including L'esprit du Bauhaus, l'objet en questions, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2017); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); and Made in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014). Ricky’s work is in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Australia Council for the Arts

Since 1992, the Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with Acme to provide London work/live residency opportunities for Australian visual artists. These residencies are located at Acme's Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Application and selection is undertaken directly by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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