Ricky Willis (b. 1968) is a D-I-Y sculptor and architectural historian, obsessed with high-rise apartment buildings, Shell gas stations, retired CTA buses, and water towers. Lots of water towers! Ricky is a living Google Earth, able to pinpoint virtually any building in the City of Chicago and tell you how to get there on the bus. With only cardboard, glue, and tape, Ricky recreates the landscape in his mind, with both great affection and startling accuracy.
Ricky’s brother was the late Chicago outsider artist and musician Wesley Willis. Their work was shown together for the first time in Wesley Willis/Ricky Willis/Joy Bus Ride, the inaugural exhibition at Project Onward’s new gallery at the Bridgeport Art Center in September, 2013.