Ron Piercy born 1952 in Southern California to Carmen and Edward Piercy.
Ron is a self taught artist, meaning no formal schooling or training in the studio arts but art was everywhere in his life, his mother Carmen Rencorett was an artist as was her father and brothers. His mother’s family immigrated from Mexico to the United States and settled in Los Angeles where his Grandfather worked as a set painter for Paramount Studios. The numerous museums throughout California became the family’s weekend outings.
Ron began making art at a very young age, his watercolor painting “Fall Color” took a blue ribbon at age eight. He and his father built a kick wheel and raku pit at age fourteen.
Ron discovered that sculpture was his way of expression and thus began a long affair with the three dimensional realm of addition and subtraction.
The seventies were filled with assemblage and construction pieces of found objects held together with wood and steel. The art work in the eighties concentrated on welded steel. By the nineteen nineties stone had found a way in and soon became the only medium on the sculptors bench. Thousands of hours and hundreds of pieces of stone met with chisel and hammer, carving away the unwarranted and leaving behind the imagined.
Now a semi-retired artist has returned to where it all began, on the jewelers bench fabricating small sculptures of adornment. You will find his studio inside Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery located in Washburn, WI, where he has curated a collection of fine art and contemporary craft, representing artists from around the Midwest.
My growing appreciation of art started in the early 1960’s. I started sculpting around 1971, prior to that I painted and made jewelry. I worked in found objects and welded steel until I tried carving stone. I discovered that the studio process of carving stone suited my creative process, a true match.
My work is in the abstract/stylization expressionist nature with organic anthropomorphic lines.
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