Peter Kirkiles - profile update - photo credit Pole Esther

Peter Kirkiles

United States 1966

Installation, Sculpture

Peter Kirkiles
Peter Kirkiles
United States
November 27, 2015

Peter Kirkiles is an American sculptor and assemblage artist, known for his larger-than-life sculptures of ordinary objects.

Blue Rule #80

Peter Kirkiles - Blue Rule #80, 2015
Peter Kirkiles – Blue Rule #80, 2015

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.

Peter Kirkiles’ Sculptures

Left Peter Kirkiles - Torpedo Level, 2015, Right Peter Kirkiles - Henry’s Pencil, 2015
Left: Peter Kirkiles – Torpedo Level, 2015 / Right: Peter Kirkiles – Henry’s Pencil, 2015

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.

Birdseye Level, 2015

Peter Kirkiles - Birdseye Level, 2015
Peter Kirkiles – Birdseye Level, 2015

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.

Peter Kirkiles currently resides and works in South Kent, Connecticut, with his wife and three sons.

Featured image – Peter Kirkiles portrait, photo credit Pola Esther
Other images courtesy of EBK Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Peter KirkilesEBK Gallery, Hartford, CTSolo
2015Singular Perspective Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CtGroup
2014Log Rule, Twin Folding Rules 1&2Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Sharon Twin Oaks BenefitGroup
2014Bushnell Segment (red)Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden, Hartford, CTGroup
2014Scope Basel Art FairDiane Birdsall Gallery, BaselGroup
2014Cutlog Art FairDiane Birdsall GalleryGroup
2014Peter KirkilesDiane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CTSolo
2013Mixed LotO.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NYSolo
2013Four Colorful Rules, No.38,39,40, & 41Connecticut Sculptors at The Governor's ResidenceGroup
2013Palm Springs Art FairEckert Fine Art, Millerton, NYGroup
2011-2012Aldrich UndercoverAldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2011-2012Vertical Rule No. 26Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VTGroup
2011-2012Vertical Rule No. 19art-MRKT Hamptons, Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NYGroup
2011-2012Chris Armstrong and Peter KirkilesThe Morrison Gallery, Kent, CTDuo
2011-2012Folding Rule No. 13: One Equals OneDiane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CTGroup
2010Bevel Square: Art Garage BenefitThe Morrison Gallery, Kent, CTGroup
2010Handplane No. 1 Sculpture Now, Lee, MAGroup
2009Spring SelectionsOber Gallery, Kent, CTGroup
2009ObviousDiane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CTGroup
2008Three Hours: Concession - RecessionMorgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CTGroup
2008Paris - New York - KentBachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CTGroup
2008Twelve Foot Folding RulerWassaic Project, Wassaic, NYGroup
1991-2005Public EaselCreative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CTGroup
1998The Yaw Gallery Functional Vase ProjectSOFA New York, New York, NYGroup
1998MFA Thesis ExhibitionCranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MIGroup
1994-1995Group ShowChester Gallery, Chester, CTGroup
1992-1994Chest of DrawersAldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CTGroup