Jim Ricks is an American-born conceptual artist, curator, and writer. He received a Masters of Fine Art from the National University of Ireland Galway and Burren College of Art programme, and earned his undergraduate degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. Originally from California, he has lived in Ireland for 10 years. In the last few years, Ricks has had solo shows at Pallas Projects (Dublin), The Black Mariah (Cork), 126 Artist-run Gallery (Galway), the Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane, Onomatopee (Eindhoven).
Alongside a number of group shows (Rua Red, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Royal Hibernian Academy, Galway Arts Festival, Tulca, Art Basel Miami Art Public, Limerick City Gallery of Art), Jim Ricks has commissioned an Ed Ruscha knock-off in Kabul, worked with the Dublin City Gallery showing bizarre chatchkas alongside their permanent collection, created a bouncy megalithic sculpture (two years before Jeremy Deller’s ‘Sacrilege’) with the Galway County Council, created an unauthorised McDonald’s seating area at Temple Bar Gallery & Studio across from a new McDonald's, gave out Free ‘Wu Tang Clan’ tattoos (actual tattoos) in London with the Sluice Art Fair, broadcast women’s laughter for 24 hours on pirate radio, made a giant drone 'war rug' in Afghanistan for Rua Red, and much more.
Ricks was a member of the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios Curatorial Panel from 2012-15, and has curated exhibitions in Dublin, London, Cork, Madrid, Galway, Oakland, San Francisco with the support of Culture Ireland, The Volvo Ocean Race, 126 Artist-run Gallery, The Dublin City Gallery, Sluice Art Fair, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.