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Richard Coley
(b. 1938)

Based at 28 Queen's Drive, Glasgow, he was active in the 1970s as a Sculptor in metal and glass-fibre.

He exhibited at RGIFA , 1970-75, including, Solar, 1970, Cathedral, 1971, Saturn's Cradle, 1972, and Pyramus, 1975; the latter two exhibited at the RSA , 1973 and 1975 respectively.

His abstract sculpture on the façade of the former Stakis Steak House Restaurant, 197-200 Ingram Street, is his only recorded commission for architectural sculpture in Glasgow (1971-3).

Made of glass-fibre and steel, the brooch-like sculpture is mounted on nine vertical aluminium fins, and was included in the building's design at the insistence of the city's Planning Department.

The Richard Coley Award for Sculpture (£500), was instigated by Visual Arts Scotland after his death, and is awarded to sculptors over the age of forty.


Works in our Database:
1: Ingram Street (Merchant City),
Ingram Hotel, 197-201 Ingram Street
Abstract Structure (1971-3)
Sculptor: R Coley; Architects: T M Miller & Partners
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