Ulrich Ruckriem

German (born 1938)
Ulrich Ruckriem Sandstone (Oxford) 1976

Biography

Born 1938
Nationality German
Birth place Düsseldorf

German sculptor, Ulrich Ruckriem began his career as an apprentice stonemason in Düren, from 1957-9, and as an assistant at the Cologne Dombauhütte (Cathedral workshop), from 1960-1. This early experience of working with stone informed much of his work as a sculptor and in the mid-1960s he began creating minimalist stone sculptures. Yet the juxtaposition of both smooth and rough surfaces reveals the artist’s hand – these are not just found bits of stone but carefully constructed sculptures. Towards the end of the 1970s, Ruckriem began experimenting with other materials including wood and iron.