Decorative Ceramic Bull with Blue Glaze by Bruno Gambone (circa 1980s)
Ceramic decorative bull by Bruno Gambone, (circa 1980s). This is a significant piece from Gambone's series of chalk-white ceramic animal sculptures. In this case, it is a charging bull with dramatic blue glaze on the front of the torso. A playful circle with line - a sort of bullseye - is placed on both hind quarters below the curled tail. This is an extraordinary find in that the combination of chalk-white and blue coloured pieces of this scale are now scarce. This makes for a very desirable and extremely collectible work of art and a stylish addition to your home or office. In great condition. Signed: 'Gambone Italy'. Several other Gambone ceramic pieces are held by this gallery and for sale on 1stdibs.
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 23 cm (9.1")
L 31 cm (12.2")
D 12 cm (4.7")