I believe my work is filling a very large gap in the use of new mediums in the fine arts. Most conventional art schools teach mediums that are centuries old; oil painting, printmaking, water colour, pen and ink, and many more in sculpture such as wood, metal and stone. When budgets allow rather than introducing new processes and contemporary materials we add computer generated imagery into the mix. Although this is a great medium I cannot help but wonder what Leonardo Da Vinci would have created with liquid polymers and tempered glass.
When I finished my formal education back in 1981 I decided to take a different approach and started experimenting with more contemporary mediums such as reclaimed tempered glass, resins, spray paints and assorted plastic films. Over the last three decades I have developed many new techniques using a combination of these materials. With these resources I have developed what I believe to be new artistic mediums in 3-dimensional fine art painting, sculpture and functional works. The techniques I developed for painting on glass are multidimensional in appearance and can be created on canvas or board, as well. My formula for bending glass without heat allows me to create large glass sculptures without the limitations faced when using heat. This has allowed me to earn a living from the sale of my work. I have also received some notoriety for my inventions including being featured on The Discovery Channel where I created a sculpture using my patented formula for bending glass without heat. I was also offered a deal on the popular television show The Dragons Den. As well, I have had numerous published articles, local, national, and international, and many radio interviews
I have many visions yet to create which I hope I can accomplish in this lifetime. I am also starting to teach the many processes I have developed and am offering online webinars, as well as, in studio workshops. Please visit www.ricksilas.com for more information.
I recently moved from Vancouver Island and now reside with my wife and daughter in beautiful Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Artist / Inventor
Creator of Silastial® Glass Art