I have long been fascinated by the combination of gold leaf and paint, both in medieval paintings and the pre-Raphaelite reconstructions in Victorian paintings. I have begun to use the flat yet reflective gold surface as a background for realistic portraits. I am particularly interested in the emotional transition from childhood through to adolescence and the self-consciousness and self-awareness that manifests during that transition. The use of gold leaf in the background creates reference to the spiritual evolution that takes place during this time in a childís growth.
born: 1962, Stuttgart, Germany
University of New Mexico, MFA 1993
University of New Mexico, MA 1991
University of Arizona, BFA 1984
INPA International Painting Annual #5î International Exhibition in Print: Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
INPA International Painting Annual #4î International Exhibition in Print: Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
INPA International Painting Annual #3î International Exhibition in Print: Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
New American Paintings, Western Edition No. 60, Juried Publication, Fereshteh Daftari, Juror, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, NYNY
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Into the Woods: Paintings by Ricki Klages, The View Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge; City of London, United Kingdom, 2015.
Sympathetic Magic: Paintings by Ricki Klages, Plaza Diane, Cody, WY. 2015
Inventories, Gallery 101, Casper College, Casper, WY. 2013
Way Stations, John Day Gallery, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 2012
selected group shows
Holding Moments: A Still Life Exhibition, National Juried Exhibition. Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. 2015
Face First, International Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. 2014
Best of Wyoming, Invitational State Exhibition, Jackson Center for the Arts, 2014
Self: An International Juried Exhibition of Women's Self-Portraiture, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA. 2014