Peter Kirkiles is an American sculptor and assemblage artist, known for his larger-than-life sculptures of ordinary objects.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1966, the artist got his BFA in 1989 from the Tufts University, Medford / School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a MFA in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1998.
Inspired by the randomness and by chance arrangements of everyday objects, Kirkiles creates re-imagined giant-size sculptures of those items, crafted in rare woods and painted steel armature, and metals such as bronze, brass, and stainless steel. Sculptured items can include rulers, can openers, jack knifes, screwdrivers, paperclips, pens and pencils.
Kirkiles, who is a design fabricator by day, insists that there is no message in his sculptures.
His art has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions mostly in the United States, but also internationally at Scope Basel Art Fair. He is represented by EBK Gallery.
Featured image – Peter Kirkiles portrait, photo credit Pola Esther
Other images courtesy of EBK Gallery
|2015||Peter Kirkiles||EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT||Solo|
|2015||Singular Perspective||Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Ct||Group|
|2014||Log Rule, Twin Folding Rules 1&2||Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Sharon Twin Oaks Benefit||Group|
|2014||Bushnell Segment (red)||Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden, Hartford, CT||Group|
|2014||Scope Basel Art Fair||Diane Birdsall Gallery, Basel||Group|
|2014||Cutlog Art Fair||Diane Birdsall Gallery||Group|
|2014||Peter Kirkiles||Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT||Solo|
|2013||Mixed Lot||O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY||Solo|
|2013||Four Colorful Rules, No.38,39,40, & 41||Connecticut Sculptors at The Governor's Residence||Group|
|2013||Palm Springs Art Fair||Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY||Group|
|2011-2012||Aldrich Undercover||Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT||Group|
|2011-2012||Vertical Rule No. 26||Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VT||Group|
|2011-2012||Vertical Rule No. 19||art-MRKT Hamptons, Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY||Group|
|2011-2012||Chris Armstrong and Peter Kirkiles||The Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT||Duo|
|2011-2012||Folding Rule No. 13: One Equals One||Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT||Group|
|2010||Bevel Square: Art Garage Benefit||The Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT||Group|
|2010||Handplane No. 1||Sculpture Now, Lee, MA||Group|
|2009||Spring Selections||Ober Gallery, Kent, CT||Group|
|2009||Obvious||Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT||Group|
|2008||Three Hours: Concession - Recession||Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT||Group|
|2008||Paris - New York - Kent||Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT||Group|
|2008||Twelve Foot Folding Ruler||Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY||Group|
|1991-2005||Public Easel||Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT||Group|
|1998||The Yaw Gallery Functional Vase Project||SOFA New York, New York, NY||Group|
|1998||MFA Thesis Exhibition||Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI||Group|
|1994-1995||Group Show||Chester Gallery, Chester, CT||Group|
|1992-1994||Chest of Drawers||Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT||Group|