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Portrait of David (David Gilhooly)
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Portrait of David (David Gilhooly)

Robert Arneson, American, 1930 - 1992

Made in Davis, California, United States, North and Central America


Glazed earthenware

35 x 23 x 24 inches (88.9 x 58.4 x 61 cm)

© Estate Robert Arneson / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Baugh-Barber Fund, 1977

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Sculptor, ceramic artist, and teacher, Robert Arneson was one of the leaders of the California Funk movement. His whimsical portraiture and self-portraiture included not only a likeness, but also references to the subject’s vocation, personality, or life history. David is a portrait of David Gilhooly, Arneson’s former student and assistant at the University of California. Gilhooly is fond of using frogs in various sizes and disguises in his own ceramics, so Arneson chose a green, froglike glaze for this monumental head.