Richard Whiteley has spent his life working with glass, developing a fascination for the material when he began apprenticing in stained glass at the age of 16. His work focuses primarily on kiln-cast glass and explores voids as the primary constructive agent. He says, “The works are built from the inside out; voids are ordered first and external structures are built to encapsulate these spaces. The works explore negative space—using glass as a substrate.”
Whiteley has presented more than a dozen exhibitions in the last decade and his work is held in several major collections, including The Corning Museum of Glass, The Australian National Gallery, and The Palm Springs Museum. He has also received several research grants to develop creative works and explore technical research. Most recently, he has been working as Associate Professor: Head of the Glass Workshop and Foundation Studies at his alma mater, the Australian National University’s School of Art & Design.
He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from the Australian National University and then went on to earn an MFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
“My practice is centered on cast glass and I explore negative structures and suggested forms within glass solids. I am interested in the physical and conceptual possibilities of space. My works explore space and I use glass as a substrate to structure and layer voided forms so they can be read as illuminated positives. I explore the inherent duality this translucent material invites and am interested in how punctuated ruptures fold the forms back on themselves.”