Ceramic Decorative Bull by Bruno Gambone (circa 1970s)
Ceramic decorative bull by Bruno Gambone, (circa 1970s). This is a piece from Gambone's series of chalk-white ceramic animal sculptures. A charging bull with brown lines outlining the front torso; one of the lines have drip markings from the painting process - all the more charming. Rather than being a fierce bull, he is rather charming and naive instead. The curled tail has a trademark, small coloured tip, in this case in a green glaze. Regrettably, this piece was acquired from a collector who had chipped a fragment from one of the bull's horns (the animal's lefthand side - please see accompanying photos). It has been priced accordingly. Otherwise, it is in good vintage condition. Signed: 'Gambone - Italy'. Upon request a video of the piece will be provided.
About the Artist: The Gambone ceramics have had two very distinct phases of artistic expression in their history. That of Guido Gambone, arguably Italy's most prominent contemporary ceramicist of the 1950s and '60s, and that of his son, Bruno Gambone, who is still at work. The father's work was more exuberant and colourful. Bruno, who returned to Florence in 1969 to keep the ceramic studio running after his father died, became intent on expressing his own very different artistic vision. For the most part, his work was influenced by '60s and '70s minimalist art. The forms are more rectilinear, the decoration very simple and the tones muted. During a stint in New York, Bruno spent time with the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and gained much experience in the fields of painting, sculpture, cinema and theatre. His ceramic pieces have become internationally collectible works of art.
H 11.5 cm / 4.5"
L 16.5 cm / 6.5"
W 5.8 cm / 2.3"