Ceramic Lion by Bruno Gambone (c. 1970s)
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Ceramic Lion (c. 1970s) by Bruno Gambone (1936 - ). A lion seated on his hind quarter with full mane, his tongue eagerly protruding as if awaiting a meal to be served by the viewer. Or maybe the viewer is the meal? A heart shape is painted on the bone-white chest of the lion and associates with the endearing expression on his face. What a wonderful and heartwarming piece. In excellent condition.
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. Towards the latter part of the Seventies, Bruno created a series of ceramics dedicated to imaginary animals. For the most part, however, 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 29 cm
L 17 cm
D 11.5 cm