Rick (Richard) Adkins
Born: August 26, 1955; Prince Rupert, BC
Richard Adkins is a highly established Haida jewellery carver. His works in gold and silver are complex, creative and beautifully executed. In his jewelry, Adkins plays with the tones of the metal, often using oxidation in his silver work to create multiple layers and depth. He experiments with his forms ensuring that each piece is distinctive with multiple interactive elements.
Adkins began his study of the Northwest Coast form in 1970 with the renowned Haida totem pole carver Freda Diesing, and has worked alongside master Haida artists Bill Reid and Robert Davidson. Over his career, Adkins has studied anatomical drawings and classical art history, an undertaking that has influenced his creative process.
Adkins' work is represented in various private and corporate collections around the world. His work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and the Royal Ontario Museum.