Jim Racine MA[RCA]
time travelling art
I make all my own bronze with my own hands, from beginning to end, from wax to patina. This is important to an artist because, as in life ,the journey is as relevant as the arrival.
I create two kinds of work: one is an attempt on the sublime in sculpture, which is normally the preserve of painting. To this effect, the Monumenty, and Bird Alphabet series are about placing the human artefact in nature, within the landscape, where it can command the pictorial, bring sky to earth and earth to sky. They are seeking an ideal for civilised aspirations and the extraordinary: Monumenties like Angelic and Caryatid are a monument to an unstated future happening. They travel back through time to the present then carry on forwards for 10,000 years. A Monumenty is very likely to survive the species that made it. The Bird Alphabet is an attempt to create a sculptural written language for birds, to create a meta-alien language and so rewrite the basis for sculptural expression and create entirely new and unique art. My other work is for the contemporary fringe, where the Aherm and Bad Painter series can let off steam, tell collectors where to get off, push Rodin over and make fun of oneself, the art world and pretty much anything worth kicking fair and square on the arse. The art, as always, comes first.
I specialize in making the 'uncastable' and also take on private commissions, casting, fabrication and restoration projects, to public art standard for artists and designers.
Jim Racine MA(RCA)
1999-2001 MA (Sculpture, bronze specialism), Royal College of Art, London, UK
1989-1991 Masters Fine Art, De Ateliers, Nederland
1986-1989 BA, Byam Shaw school of Art, London, UK
1984-1986 Foundation, North East Essex school of Art, UK
2021 East Anglian festival sculpture trail, Hedingham castle.
2021 Sculpture in the valley, Potton Hall.
2021 Raveningham sculpture trail
2020 Altered states, outdoor sculpture Newbury.
2019 The Bird Alphabet. Minories galleries Colchester. one person show
2019 loads of the same...
2018 ......loads of the same... and singapore art fair with Siger Gallery
2017 Clash london Siger Gallery
2017 CRASH Qpark london curated by Vanja Balogh
2017 river waveney sculpture trail [Aug]
2017 Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair with Siger Gallery
2017 Chinese year of the rooster qpark London
2016 BIG DEAL No7, London, Curated by Vanja Balogh
2016 camsight , guildhall Cambridge
2016 'modern panic Vll' guerilla zoo London Aherm ll
2016 '100 feet' Halesworth gallery Aherm
2016 river waveney sculpture trail
2015 'secret genius' AHERM bond st and the web
2015 first site open AHERM Colchester
2015 'Nude' Colchester Gallery
2015 'Chemcraft' Espacio gallery London [July]
2015 BRONZE 3 greyfriars gallery Kings Lynn
2015 ' Fall of the rebel angels' Venice Biennale [6 May -24 June]
2014 'We could not agree' London.
2014 'an excerpt from a library of cast objects' New British Art, Carmarthenshire.
2014 Chai Wan Mei, with Carol Ho, Hong Kong.
‘Spurt’, Source Atelier d’Art, France
2009 Oblong Gallery, London, UK
2009 ‘Miniscule’, Oblong Gallery, London, UK
2009 ‘BOTOXED 69’ C22, London, UK
2009 ‘Big Deal No2’, curated by V Balogh, London, UK
2009 ‘Stimulus’, Archway Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
2005 ‘Solanum Tuberosum’, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, UK
2005 ‘Past Influences’, Reading Museum gallery, UK
2005 Penny Fielding gallery, London, UK
2003 Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park, Surry, UK
2002 ‘Arcadia in the City’, Marble Hill House Museum, London, UK
2002 ‘Differentia’, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, London, UK
2001 ‘Late Arrivals’, Kings Cross, London, UK
2001 LAMDA Rhythm Factory, London, UK
2001 Students gallery, London, UK
2001 Vertigo Gallery, London, UK
2000 Montgomery Sculpture Trust. UK
1999 ‘Goethe und der continent’ ,Wetzlar, Germany
1998 20/20 Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
1998 Colchester/Avignon, France
1997 20/20, Kingsgate Gallery, London.
1996 ‘Fallout’, Darmstadt, Germany
1996 ‘Enery Moo’, Kingsgate Gallery, London, UK
AWARDS, COMMISSIONS & OTHER RELEVANT
2011 -14 created artists foundry in Hong Kong. 'hong kong bronze studio'
2000 Millennium prize/commission Montgomery Sculpture Trust.
1999 - 2014 Yearly contributor to ‘RCA Secret’ Postcard show, London, UK.
1992 Staart Stipendium from De Stichting voor Beeldende Kunsten, NL.
1994-96 Created and curated 23/42 Installation Gallery, Colchester, UK.
Visiting lecturer for BA Fine Art Course, Cardiff school of Art, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UK. Teaching bronze casting, general practise and a yearly creativity course on FlatHolm Island.
Technical demonstrator of mould making for BA art course, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK.
Sculpture technician then lecturer, West Thames FE College, London, UK