Rick Light Sculptures: Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen, composer and ornithologist, with muse

Olivier Messiaen, composer and ornithologist, with muse

The Messiaen bust was commissioned in 2015 by the Committee for the Memorial of Olivier Messiaen in France, unveiled on May 6, 2016 at The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, now on display at Le Gallerie a Deux rue Edouard Vasseur, 2 rue Edouard Vasseur, Ivry sur Seine, France. The composer (1908-1992) frequently employed bird calls in his music.

About Rick:


Commissions. Rick working on the preliminary wax version of Messiaen

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Richard Light learned to draw at a very early age, and has pursued this ever since. His first interest in art professionally, however, was in theater, doing both set and lighting design at Yale, the Saugatuck Red Barn Theater, and the Kalamazoo Civic Theater, and he then got an MA in journalism and worked in PR and writing. When the urge to sculpt ripened, he drew on the experiences of his art history major at Yale and studied figure sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Rick frequently executes figurative pieces on commission, both human and animal, for municipalities, churches, foundations, and individuals. His sculptures are owned by private collectors, corporations, and museums in the United States and in Europe including the University of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, and the Eglise St. Medard (5eme Arrondissement, Paris).


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