Rick Carlino

Sydney epoxy resin artist Rick Carlino has been creating large scale works which explore the fluidity and viscosity of a notoriously rebellious medium for the last decade. Drawing on his diverse creative and professional career, which has included music composition and brand design, Rick creates vivid contemporary artworks which showcase his love of colour.

The son of Italian immigrants, Rick’s childhood was filled with colour, food and music. As a boy he became obsessed with musical theatre after listening to the soundtrack of Stephen Sondheim’s, ‘Company’. This inspired him to learn to play the piano and create his own music.

Rick composed music for a musical based on Australian children’s picture book Luke’s Way of Looking by Nadia Wheatley and illustrator and artist, Matt Ottley, about a young artist ostracised by his peers and teachers for painting pictures that challenge the norm and status quo. This lead Rick to meet his hero Stephen Sondheim in person. He was invited, by Opera Australia to meet Sondheim during his Sydney visit to open a revival of Company.

A self-taught visual artist, Rick was determined to harness and master resin by understanding its behaviour, introducing graphic shapes and layering to create a depth that plays with colour and light to create high impact art works

His professional life includes 15 years in commercial brand and design managing the visual identities of Australian brands including Woolworths, Caltex and Star Mart, as well as launching a successful hair salon in Sydney’s north shore, Mosman in 2013 with his industry awarded husband, Lucky Kennis.

Now established as a contemporary artist with a strong following in Sydney’s north shore, Rick’s focus on his art has resulted in commissions from private and commercial clients to create large scale resin pieces.

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