Biography

Marc Ricourt draws his inspiration from the ancient utilitarian object of the vessel. He comments that, ‘I’ve based my work around a simple but very essential object, as it was the first tool created and used by mankind… My work on vessels has allowed me to develop a relationship between ancient or geographically remote cultures and civilizations and modern creations. The most important facet of my work is the research and exploration of new forms, colours, textures and finishes.

 

Marc sources the wood he uses from his local landscape in Dijon, France. He initially turns on a traditional lathe and then intricately carves and treats the surfaces through bleaching, dying or an application of ferrous oxide, to explore the vessel through organic shapes that often recall seedpods and the undulating edges of leaves, carved as delicate linear fins. Historically, Marc has worked with green wood and followed the grain of the timber to achieve the perfect form. Recently, however, he has been experimenting with dried out firewood taken from the heart of the tree, to create highly textured rugged surfaces that heighten the sculptural aspect of his work. 

 

Marc has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. His work is placed in significant private and public collections, including Musée des Pays de L'Ain, France; the Wood Turning Center, UK; The Center for Art in Wood, USA; and the ASU Art Museum, Tempe, USA. He was shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize 2020. 

Works
  • Marc Ricourt, Untitled I, 2022
    Marc Ricourt
    Untitled I, 2022
    Hornbeam
    36.5 H x 22.5 ø cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Untitled II, 2022
    Marc Ricourt
    Untitled II, 2022
    Hornbeam
    28.5 H x 28 ø cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Untitled III, 2022
    Marc Ricourt
    Untitled III, 2022
    Beech
    49 H x 26.5 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Untitled I, 2022
    Marc Ricourt
    Untitled I, 2022
    Beech
    50 H x 29 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Untitled II, 2022
    Marc Ricourt
    Untitled II, 2022
    Beech
    44.5 H x 26.5 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel 04.0521, 2021
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel 04.0521, 2021
    Oak
    H 27 x 31 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel 05.0521, 2021
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel 05.0521, 2021
    Oak
    H 30 x 31 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, C21.1 (Left), 2021
    Marc Ricourt
    C21.1 (Left), 2021
    Oak (from the artist's village)
    47 H x 26.5 ⌀ cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel 01.0521 , 2021
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel 01.0521 , 2021
    Oak
    H28.5 x 37 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel 06.0521, 2021
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel 06.0521, 2021
    Oak
    H 28 x 32 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel 07.0521, 2021
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel 07.0521, 2021
    Oak
    H 27.5 x 35 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel #4, 2020
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel #4, 2020
    Oak
    28 H x 26.6 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 10 Oak 09.19, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    10 Oak 09.19, 2019
    Oak
    H43 x dia 30 cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 11 Maple, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    11 Maple, 2019
    Maple
    H 32.5 cm x 29.5 ø cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 12 Maple FOG20, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    12 Maple FOG20, 2019
    Maple
    H 30 cm x 36 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 06 Beech 09.19, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    06 Beech 09.19, 2019
    Beech
    H64.5 x dia 29.5 cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 01 Oak DM18, 2018
    Marc Ricourt
    01 Oak DM18, 2018
    Oak
    48.5 x 28 ø cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 01 Oak PAD18, 2018
    Marc Ricourt
    01 Oak PAD18, 2018
    Oak
    45 x 24.5 ø cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 13 Oak Ferrous Oxide B17, 2017
    Marc Ricourt
    13 Oak Ferrous Oxide B17, 2017
    Oak
    35 x 27 ø cm
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