Peter Kirkiles

BIOGRAPHY

Peter Kirkiles Biography

American, b. 1966

Sculptor Peter Kirkiles stresses that the inspiration for his metal sculptures comes from the satisfaction of the process of fabricating a piece in a skilled manner and from his attraction to everyday objects and their relationship to humans. He finds beauty in the utilitarian tools, and objects that we may not notice in our day to day lives. By playing with their size and their proportion to human scale, he forces the viewer to examine more closely the object’s construction and its overall design importance. He has a nostalgia for well designed, well used, history laden objects.

I’m a maker; I’m also an admirer of things well made. Over the years, I’ve chosen to make things that I love. I find the subjects of my sculpture in real life; a shoe, a camera, a clock, a ruler…made to scale, as sculpture.” –Peter Kirkiles

Kirkiles holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has exhibited nationally including a 2021 solo exhibition “At Scale” at the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Vermont. His work is held by The Shelburne Museum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT and by private collectors throughout the US.

 

EDUCATION

1998 M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1989 B.F.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA / School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

EXHIBITIONS

2022
Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury VT group show "Tools of the trade"

2020 - 2021
The Gallery at 4 India, Nantucket MA, Red Truck (ongoing)
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Vermont, "At Scale", Solo outdoor sculpture exhibition, June 2 - Oct 11, 2021

2019
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, Litchfield CT. (Solo show)
Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture, Pingree School, Hamilton Mass.
Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme CT. 
Sculpture Now 2019, at The Mount, Lenox Mass.

2018
Standard Space Gallery, Sharon, CT, "All things being equal", March 17- April 29, 2018 (Solo show)
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT. Aldrich Undercover
EBK Gallery, CT Contemporary, Silvermine Art Center group show Oct 14 - November 10, 2018
Washington Art Association, Maquette: The Art of the Model, Aug.11-Sept. 15, 2018
Washington Art Association, Sculpturewalk 2018, July 1 - November 1, 2018

2017
Salomon Contemporary, Hazy Shade of Winter, Washinton Depot, CT, Nov. 18- Dec 18, 2017
CCSC Art Gallery, New Britain, CT, "Off The Wall" Sept 7-Oct 7, 2017
Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT. Three sculptures (www.ebkgallery.com)
Delamar Hotel Commision, West Hartford CT. Land, Sea, Air 

2016
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, Bernard Pliers
Salomon Contemporary, Lake Life, Aglia
Diane Birdsall Gallery, Four Columns Inn, Newfane, VT, Zig Zag Rule, "Tools of the trade"
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, ME (Summer 2016, group show)
The Gallery, Morris, CT, Slaiby's General Merchandise (February 20- April 2, 2016)

2015
Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Ct, Singular Perspective 
EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT, Sculpture, June 16 - 30 2015 (Solo show)

2014
Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Sharon Twin Oaks Benefit, Log Rule, Twin Folding Rules 1&2
Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden, Hartford, CT, Bushnell Segment (red), Joan Hurwit curator
Hubert Gallery, www.hubertgallery.com, select works
Scope Basel Art Fair, Diane Birdsall Gallery
Cutlog Art Fair, Diane Birdsall Gallery, (May 8-11, 2014)
Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT (March 1 - April 1, 2014) (Solo show)

2013
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY. Mixed Lot  (Solo show)
Connecticut Sculptors at The Governor's Residence, Four Colorful Rules, No.38,39,40, & 41
Palm Springs Art Fair, Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY. Ivory Rule No.23

2011-2012
The Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT.  Chris Armstrong and Peter Kirkiles
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT. Aldrich Undercover
Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VT. Vertical Rule No. 26
art-MRKT Hamptons, Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY. Vertical Rule No. 19
Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT. Folding Rule No. 13: One Equals One (Solo show)

2010
The Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT. Bevel Square: Art Garage Benefit
Sculpture Now, Lee, MA. Handplane No. 1 

2009
Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT. Obvious (Solo show)
Ober Gallery, Kent, CT. Spring Selections

2008
Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT. Three Hours: Concession/Recession
Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT. Paris–New York-Kent
Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY. Twelve Foot Folding Ruler

1991-2005
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT. Public Easel

1998
SOFA New York, New York, NY. The Yaw Gallery Functional Vase Project
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. MFA Thesis Exhibition

1994-95
Chester Gallery, Chester, CT. two sculptures outside

1992-94
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT. Chest of Drawers

 

AWARDS
2014 Finalist, MIT List Center for Visual Art - Percent For Art Program, 36 Foot Rule, Nanotechnology Building

 

WORKSHOPS / RESIDENCIES
2019 Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA July 2019 , one week etching workshop.

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Joyce and Myron Laban. Bloomfield Hills, MI
George Beylerian. Kent, CT
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Charles Mallory, Greenwich, CT
Paul Kelenian, Santa Fe, NM
The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne VT