Marc Ricourt

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 has been shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize 2020. 

Works
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel #1, 2020
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel #1, 2020
    Walnut
    22 H x 23 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel #3, 2020
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel #3, 2020
    Oak
    26 H x 24 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, Scorched Vessel #4, 2020
    Marc Ricourt
    Scorched Vessel #4, 2020
    Oak
    28 H x 26.6 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 05 Beech M19, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    05 Beech M19, 2019
    Beech
    51 x 31.5 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 06 Beech M19, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    06 Beech M19, 2019
    Beech
    35.5 x 38 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 02 Ash 09.19, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    02 Ash 09.19, 2019
    Ash
    H43 x dia 30 cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 03 Beech 09.19, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    03 Beech 09.19, 2019
    Beech
    H37 x dia 34 cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 11 Beech FOG20, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    11 Beech FOG20, 2019
    Beech
    H 22 cm x 42 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 11 Maple FOG20, 2019
    Marc Ricourt
    11 Maple FOG20, 2019
    Maple
    H 32.5 cm x 29.5 dia 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, 06 Oak C18, 2018
    Marc Ricourt
    06 Oak C18, 2018
    Oak
    19 H x 25 ø cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 01 Oak DM18, 2018
    Marc Ricourt
    01 Oak DM18, 2018
    Oak
    48.5 x 28 dia cm
  • Marc Ricourt, 03 Oak DM18, 2018
    Marc Ricourt
    03 Oak DM18, 2018
    Oak
    20.5 H x 42 ø cm