Brian D. Kirk

Sculpture, Printmaking, Mixed-Media Assemblages, Encaustic, Ceramics, Metal
Brian Kirk Studios
36607 Allder School Road Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #22

"Boddhisattva", mixed-media assemblage (cast glass, metal, rust print), 28" x 20" x 4", 2014

Artist Statement

I have a curiosity of the natural world. I use natural materials such a paper, stone, clay and metals in a variety of artistic techniques.

Metal Sculpture

My steel sculpture is becoming more organic but I still utilize geometric cut-out shapes inherent in the recycled materials. I also employ blacksmithing and forging techniques.

Stone Sculpture

My stone carvings in soapstone, marble, and alabaster are inspired by marine life and lend themselves to Henry Moore's concept of "truth to materials" — retaining stone's natural volumetric quality while minimally removing mass to make an artistic statement.

Print Making

An accidental discovery of wet steel rusting on a cardboard box led me to an exploration of printmaking with recycled and modified steel plates. The natural oxidation of iron stains the archival paper with unusual patterns and images. They are incorporated into collages and assemblages. I also create silk-screen prints of my favorite rust print designs.

I continue to expand my knowledge and investigate other art forms. Currently, I am exploring encaustic painting and mixed-media.

"Iconic Hand", mixed-media assemblage, 28" x 20" x 4", 2014
"Monoliths", rust print on watercolor paper, 30" x 20", 2014
"Jellyfish", copper sculpture on soapstone base, 12" x 8" x 8", 2015
"Cryptos", welded steel sculpture, 8' x 4' x 2', 2014
"Seven Elements", welded steel sculpture, 4' x 2' x 1', 2014
"Rolling Orb", welded steel sculpture, 5' x 5' x 5', 2014
"Fireball", silkscreen print, 8" x 10", 2015
Sprout Man, welded steel, 6' x 4 x 3', 2016
Sprout Man, welded steel, 6' x 4 x 3', 2016
Green Man, welded bronze, 14
Green Man, welded bronze, 14" x 6" x 6", 2016
Torso,  rust print, 40
Torso, rust print, 40" x 30", 2016
Triple R, linen rust print-30
Triple R, linen rust print-30" x 40", 2016
Knotty Bundle, welded and forged steel, 34
Knotty Bundle, welded and forged steel, 34" x 9" x 9", 2016
Studio interior
Studio interior
Studio exterior
Studio exterior

Offering on tour: Stone carving demonstrations at 2:00 each day. Explanation of the rust printing process as requested.

Loudoun Valley Stop #22

Directions to Brian Kirk Studios:

From downtown Purcellville on Main Street (Business 7), go west and turn right onto Hillsboro Road (690), then north for 2 miles. At the roundabout go 3/4 around the circle onto Allder School Road (west). Second house on left. Green house and studio barn. Park on Allder School Road and walk down driveway to the barn.