Artist: Richard Cresswell
Richard Cresswell was born in 1982 and studied Fine Art at Birmingham City University. He has won awards for work at the Showborough House outdoor sculpture event (2010, 1st prize), The London Group Open Exhibition, and Mennier Gallery (2009 awarded John Jones overall winner). In addition, he has shown at many prestigious sculpture events.
Cresswell began his career as a mechanical engineer in the car industry before setting up his design and engineering company which gave him his core principle of good design and a deeper understanding of the properties of materials that he uses within his sculptures. In 2001, Cresswell decided to re-train as a sculptor, wanting the freedom to make only things he liked.
Cresswell’s abstract work sits significantly in the outdoors, where much of his inspiration comes from the natural world of plants, trees and the landscape around him. His love of the curves, shapes, and movement that are omnipresent in nature, in rivers, rocks, sun and wind, are reflected within the style of his work. His aim is always to grab the essence of that shape or feeling and translate it into something simple and elegant without losing the original thought. Cresswell has presented this beautifully in his mesmerising piece Murmuration. A tree form sculpture with delicately balanced angular aluminium ‘murms’ that, with the slightest breeze, wander around following tiny air currents, then as the winds increase, become more regimented, all changing direction in unison like a flock of starlings.
Cresswell continues to push his boundaries and has recently created further works that explore sophisticated kinetics. Gracing his sculptures with movement that is seamless and natural and referring it to the unison movements of swans, which he states “looks so graceful but only achieved by many things happening in unison and hidden to the observer”.