(B. 1935, Los Angeles, CA.)
Ken Price has merged the substantial tradition of ceramics production in California with the concerns of post-war modernist sculpture in his unique work for more than thirty years. Most of his work from the 1960s is thoroughly invested in the biomorphic traditions of Surrealism, although his use of brightly colored glazes – and even the type of high-keyed lacquer paint used 0n car bodies – speaks to a pop sensibility. Often in his work there is a bizarre relationship between the exuberance of the color and the suggestive, even eerie, qualities of the form.
1956 B.F.A., UCLA; 1957 Los Angeles County Art Institute; 1959 M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
First solo show:
1960 Ferus Gallery, L.A.
First group show:
1962 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
2001 Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX.; 2004 Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX.; 2006 Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.