James Rivington “Riv” Pyne grew up in Maine and New Jersey and was educated in Massachusetts and Tennessee. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Cambridge College/Antioch. He taught in the Philadelphia school system from 1968 to 1981, and then moved back to Maine in 1982.
Largely self-taught, Riv began working in found wood and now explores sculpture through a variety of media, including epoxies, plaster, casting stone, wood and bronze. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the New England Sculpture Association (NESA).
It could be said that Pyne’s work is an exploration of first impressions and lasting recollections. At the first sight of something unusual, our mind immediately gravitates to the extraordinary aspect of that thing. Much as memory or a first glimpse would, Riv’s work interprets animals into their most emphatic features. The essentials of a particular form, for instance, the neck of a giraffe or the massive shoulders of the buffalo are emphasized, almost caricaturized. Riv Pyne’s transfigured animals are suggestive, humorous, at times macabre and vaguely human in their gestural truths.
1999-Present Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC
2007 Group Show, North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, Massachusetts
2006 Sharon Kitchen’s Presents: Three Photographers, One Sculptor, Portland, Maine
2005-2007 Solo Show, Island Artisans, Northeast Harbor, Maine
2005 “Micromonumentals,” NESA Show, Lowell, Massachusetts
2002 4 Person Show, Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, Maine
NESA Show, New Bedford, Museum of Art, New Bedford, Massachusetts
2001 Group Show, Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine
2000 5 Person Show, Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, Maine
1999 National Competition Finalist, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
1997 2 Person Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine
1996 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine
Group Show, Davidson Contemporary Art Gallery, Portland, Maine
1995-1999 “Work of Hand Show, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine
1995 3 Person show, Chocolate Church Gallery, Bath, Maine
1993-1995 Juried Shows, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine
1992 Solo Show, Wilson Museum, Castine, Maine