His earliest memories are "...... scribbling and doodling on paper as a child..". Asked when he first realized his interest in art, he replies with a chuckle, "It's always been there, art that is.". That's Rickerby, and as I look over an ABSOLUTE mountain of photographs that cover his bed, I am overwhelmed with the intensity of this man toward his art.... ........art that is WAY above me!
Born 1957, Romford England
David recalls growing up, drawing in his room, while also being a "street kid". He recalls the rough years, and though a lot of changes took place in David's formative years, he acknowledges the one constant in his life, his art.
Despite changes in family life, school and education were always stressed by his family. David complied, even to the point of attending architecture school. However, his free, adventurous spirit won out. Hitchhiking with a "rucksack" (and his art, I might add), Rickerby's travels to weastern Europe would open the doors to his expanding mind of art.
Picking fruit, sweeping kitchens, lifting crates, pouring concrete, cooking food, digging ditches, cleaning stables, and busking,(singing for tips), were the ways, means, and setting, for opportunities to do art. Think, Marrakech Express, Magic Bus, this is the place, and this is the time. Art! Rickerby painted murals on buildings, and in buildings, across Europe, and to India, and back. He also did commissioned work, a series of twenty one watercolors in Israel, and a muralized WWII bunker in Palatka, Florida. But, that's not the whole story.
Upon arriving back in England, Rickerby contemplated what in the world would appease his curiosity, and satisfy his soul. Skydiving, was that something. his mind had taken him there, but the body had not yet followed. England is not the ideal place to learn about skydiving, in part, because of the weather. He met an old skydiver, who suggested he go to Florida.
Traveling to Florida, Rickerby bought a school bus. He lived and worked out of the bus, painting, and becoming well known in the skydiving world. The bus became known as INSANITY CENTRAL, with T-shirt designs, pop tops, murals, oils on canvas, absolutely whatever! Every skydiver wanted their own, true, 'Rickerby' design, to ensure their skydiving gear was VERY identifiable! However, skydiving wasn't his only venture in artwork.
He has held one man shows in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, other major cities in the USA, and in our own living room . Over a twenty year period in the states , Rickerby has produced video and computer designs for: "Skydive 101 ", (a training video ), Tony Uragello's " Free Flying ", and a promo for Performance Designs, (a parachute manufacturer in Deland ). In my opinion, Rickerby should be considered a 'Renaissance' man of our time.
In those 20 years, he has gained quite a reputation for being a madman, a bandit jumper, and an example of what one's mother might tell you "not to be". However, this has inspired many people, who have met him, to try new things, and open new doors. He did some early work in 'high speed' formations, (horizontally, as well as vertically), known a 'Tracking Relative Work'), and a current craze in skydiving, Free Flying. In his rapid world, he discovered his true medium; oils on canvas. I believe if you give Rickerby a canvas, (or the side of a building), some paint, and brushes ................ you'd be on your way to a masterpiece.