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 added 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-dimentional 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 patented 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. 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. As well as teaching some of these techniques. I am also looking for opportunities to do lectures on my work.
I reside with my wife and daughter and have a studio and gallery in Sidney, British Columbia Canada. I currently have several hundred pieces of display in my 2,000 sq.ft gallery in Sidney, BC.
Artist / Inventor
Creator of Silastial Glass
STUDIO AND GALLERY ADDRESS
Rick L. Silas Studio & Gallery
c/o Mary Winspear Centre
2243 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, British Columbia Canada V8L 1W9
We are located on the south-east of the Mary Winspear Centre in a separate building next to the Dairy Queen....look for the red pencils.
T: (250) 656-9370
F: (250) 665-7360
Summer Hours: Everyday 10am - 4 pm - Please note while the gallery is open everyday. Please call to confirm Rick's availability.
Winter Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10-4 or by chance or appointment
To view Rick on The Discovery Channel go to the following:http://broadband.discoverychannel.ca/?vid=6649 or see the quick version at