Hunter-Wolff Gallery is pleased to represent the sculptural art by Colorado artist Richard Pankratz. Long admired and world renowned for his design driven sculpture and furniture, Richard Pankratz comes from humble beginnings growing up in a small, rural Kansas town. Following his calling from an early age, he went on to receive a degree in art and education at the Kansas City Art Institute. After a decade of teaching, he shifted gears to pursue his passion working with clay and creating. Richard would become no ordinary artist. He took this art form to the nth degree, incorporating wood and metal for eye-catching vessels and figurative sculptures. He says he discovered that the “mood of the artist is communicated in physicality during production, and the qualities of the energy of creation are transmitted and frozen into the inanimate material.” He is quick to add that his work “can be read by the viewer long after the [he] has finished his work.”
Richard Pankratz has spent more than half his life creating and is well known for his striking fountains, furniture and sculptures. Each piece has the ability to arouse interest, due to the overriding influence of design. Ranging in scope from two story high ceramic wall sculptures to diminutive bronze figure sculptures, the components of his design can be easily recognized, even though all of the individual elements of the pieces – including the space they occupy – are radically different. Collectors of all levels appreciate that certain je ne sais quoi that make Pankratz work as appealing as they are unique.
With years of worldwide recognition, much of Pankratz’ art has functional overtones, while stylistically it is exciting and provocative, reflecting his forward-thinking style and superior quality. What will we see from him next?
Items displayed at our gallery