Jim Ricks earned his MFA from the National University of Ireland, Galway/Burren College of Art programme and received his BFA from the California College of the Arts. He has exhibited numerous solo and group shows throughout Ireland and internationally. Originally from California, he has lived in Ireland for nearly 8 years and currently has a studio in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios.
Ricks was selected for Futures 12 at the Royal Hibernian Academy this year. In the last 2 years Ricks has created and toured the popular public work the Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen and had solo shows at Peanut Gallery (Chicago), Occupy Space (Limerick), Pallas Projects (Dublin), and Tactic (Cork), as well as the two person show Ninety Nine Percent for Art in The Shed (Galway). He continues to tour the collaborative public work In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth). He has curated Future Perfect at The Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery, 2012, Apposite Extravaganza: Cheating Progressfor the Volvo Ocean Race Galway, 2012, and Death and Sensuality (San Francisco) for Imagine Ireland, 2011. He has an upcoming solo show at The Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery.
Jim Ricks makes work that is politically engaged and generous, while he aims to disrupt the bourgeois narrative. As such, his work deals with borders, ownership, commodity, institutions, identity and publics. He uses synchronicity, curation, imitation and appropriation as vehicles to explore these ideas. Ricks takes a hands-off approach and finds his art in the combination, imitation and collection of existing things. His work can be seen as a semiological investigation into context, knowledge, disintegration and the contested territory between the ‘manufactured’ and the ‘authentic’. By openly imitating art and life through available means and materials he explores the grey area between flattery and theft, while re-wiring history into a new narrative. Ricks’ work is also influenced by his background as a prolific graffiti artist, photographer, and a political activist.