In his self-described capricious style, Keith Bush makes bold use of color, geometric shapes, line, scale and raw emotion in his steel sculptures and paintings. From his San Jose, CA studio, Bush strives to incorporate three sequential states of consciousness in his work: the “WOW” factor, “Let’s take a look at this,” and “Peace and Tranquility.”
Raised in rural Oregon, Laguna Canyon-based Sandra Jones Campbell describes her acrylic paintings as “a composite of social sightings, portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective.” In her simultaneously whimsical and sophisticated work, Campbell features multiple subjects to depict social and political scenes, reflecting her optimism and candor.
Born in Wisconsin, Berkeley metal sculptor Kati Casida studied Art Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She studied abroad extensively and was an Artist-in-Residence in both Oslo, Norway and Hydra, Greece. Casida’s abstract pieces, comprised of aluminum painted in brilliant colors, reflect a range of artistic influences, from landscape images as altered by movement, Greek and Cypriot dance rhythms, modern dance patterns, the seasons, and Norway’s rushing waterfalls. “My sculptures imply motion, a continuous passage through space.”
A San Francisco East Bay native, Alan Chin maintains a studio in Downey, CA and works in a variety of traditional and experimental mediums, among these, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, and performance. Chin’s versatile portfolio, inspired by “his creative family, surroundings and nature,” draws from his study under Japanese bonsai masters of Japanese landscape, bonsai, and horticulture. His work has received international acclaim.
Born in Indiana, Ann Christenson studied ceramics in New York, Indiana, and California. Early artistic influences were the “Cal Pot Shop” in the early sixties and the work of the late ceramicist Peter Voulkos. Christenson’s pieces range from “large-scale sculptural columns . . . using extruded terra-cotta pipes . . . transformed by painting, drawing, starched surface, slicing, extracting, piercing, and joining into decorative dynamic assemblies” to “freestanding sculptures suggesting empty rooms surrounded by elaborate ornamental decorations” to functional items such as bowls and tea pots. She teaches at Washington State University.
Raised in the Bay Area, Christison, based in both Bangkok and San Francisco, has exhibited sculpture professionally since 1991. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 2002, he relocated to Bangkok, where he gave university lectures in sculpture, bronze casting, and figure modeling. Influenced by Greek and Roman portrait busts, his work is expressive, capturing “the lines of the human body in dramatic states of contortion or active gesture.”
Born in British Columbia, Canada, Stan Dann (1931-2013) resided in Lafayette, CA for over forty years following art and design studies in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He used power tools to create his large-scale bas-relief wood sculpture, featuring finely finished surfaces. Early influences included the monumental carvings of Pacific Northwest indigenous artists and wood patterns made for industrial machinery parts in his brother’s Vancouver shop.
New York born sculptor Albert DiCruttalo, who fashions large scale, life size, small scale, and wall hanging pieces in bronze, stainless steel, and steel, grew up in the Adirondack foothills. After extensive travel in Alaska and South America, DiCruttalo worked at Cornell University, where he explored the use of technologies in the creation of sculpture. Since 1996, he has maintained a studio and foundry in Oakland, CA.
Born and raised in New York, Jeff Downing, whose father was an avid sailor, spent his youth on the waters of Long Island Sound. He became fascinated with the daily life of lobstermen, teaching himself all the tasks and handicrafts in which they engaged, from boat building to trap making to net weaving. Downing moved to San Francisco in 1983 and encountered the groundbreaking work of California ceramicists. “His prodigious ceramic output overflows with nautical references – playfully, cryptically floating like emotional flotsam and jetsam through his works.” Downing teaches at San Francisco State University.
“I build abstract sculptures from shapes too simple to think about in configurations too complicated to hold in your head.” Dan Good’s visual vocabulary consists mainly of boxes, rectangles, and lines. He works in steel, aluminum stainless steel, wood, and, most recently, PETG 3D printing. He holds graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Music, and Media Recording.
Vallejo-raised Doug Heine spent years applying and honing creative and technical skills at UC Berkeley, from working with Nobel Laureates in particle physics, to working in the art department as foundry supervisor to Peter Voulkos. He took up his own art full time in 1986, following his curiosity and interest in many different materials. Heine works in wood, marble, aluminum, and clay. “Each design challenge has its particular set of restrictions and opportunities, leading me toward a solution that is unique and specific to location, aesthetic, material and spirit.”
Originally a pre-med student at UCLA, Held found his passion in art, graduating with degrees in Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts. An internationally recognized metal sculptor who works primarily in bronze and stainless steel, his pieces often incorporate water. Since 1985, he has worked out of a sprawling complex of warehouses in Richmond, CA, where he has produced over 500 pieces, aided by a team of talented artists and metal fabricators.
Second-generation sculptor, ceramicist, and mosaicist Wes Horn works in clay, cement, steel, and tile. Living and working in Davis, CA and Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico, the artist specializes in large-scale public art and functional installations. Horn’s sculptural forms and murals feature local plant and animal imagery, human relationships, and humor. He engages students and community members in creating certain finished works of art.
Indiana-born Berkeley sculptor Stan Huncilman worked as a welder in the Louisiana shipyards and a machinist in a Vermont foundry. He studied art at San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University. Huncilman’s work-- fashioned from metal, wood, paper, and fabric -- is mysterious and difficult to comprehend, with titles (such as Dharamaticand Bunda Mambo) which are even more enigmatic. Many pieces have movable parts or suggest the need to move, inviting the viewer’s physical interaction with the art.
New York native Susannah Israel is a longtime West Oakland-based artist, writer, and composer. With degrees in Chemistry, Art, and Ceramics, she is a frequent visiting artist at schools and universities. The “visual parade of urban life” inspires Israel’s highly expressive, colorful, recognizable ceramic figures.
Bay Area native Bruce Johnson studied art at UC Davis and maintains a prolific sculpture studio in rural Sonoma County. For over fifty years, he has worked with salvaged old-growth redwood to create massive contemporary sculptures, accentuated by copper, for which he has received national and international acclaim. Johnson describes his work as a combination of Stonehenge (with its scale and mass) and Shinto shrines (with their elegant details). Beyond his work in redwood sculpture, Johnson is a master builder, having designed unique buildings and outside structures, including sacred buildings.
The son of a Swedish photographer and Danish contractor, Ivan McLean developed an appreciation for art and construction early in life. He learned to weld while working on ranches near the family home in Point Reyes Station, CA. McLean later cared for the cows and built gates, fences, and some sculpture and furniture. In North Carolina, he carved both abstract and representational art from native marble. After relocating to Portland, Oregon, he created sculpture of all sizes and shapes for public and private spaces, using steel, marble, glass, and wood. “I’ve built functional things since I could hold a hammer, but the sculpture I make now is based on the desire to create pieces that have no use other than to make people smile.”
Ceramicist Hans Miles grew up in Prescott, AZ. The artist’s “highly idiosyncratic style” ranges from “chaotically executed sculptures” to “meticulously planned atmospheric firings” (the latter, a process dating back to 14th century Europe, in which sodium, potassium, and calcium are added to the kiln at extreme heat and produce color changes, crystal growth, glass deposits, and flashing). While pursuing a Ceramics degree at Arizona State University, Miles works at both Mission Clay Industries and Ceramics at Cosanti.
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Walnut Creek-based sculptor David Mudgett spent years working as a pipefitter. When he applied his metalworking skills to art, he found the experience exhilarating, appreciating a newfound creative freedom. Mudgett’s motivation comes from “the excitement, intrigue, tests and triumphs” of forming metal into limitless objects.
Since 1995, Seattle-based Troy Pillow has created modern sculpture using stainless steel or bronze, often incorporating glass or acrylic. Pillow studied Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design. Organic forms, nature, and sacred geometry serve as inspiration for the artist’s mostly site-specific, often kinetic pieces.
The late Kent Roberts (d. 2019), earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art. His diverse educational background and world travel experiences influenced his body of work, which includes painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints. Roberts earned great respect from his colleagues at the SFMOMA, where he specialized in exhibition design.
San Francisco-based sculptor and art educator Danielle Satinover works primarily with metals and industrial materials. She originally trained in media and visual arts. Satinover finds inspiration in her own photography and in the wonder of nature. She finds fascinating the contrast between the industrial nature of her materials and the organic forms of the final creations.
In his own words, Walnut Creek-based Colin Selig describes his upcycled salvaged propane tank creations as the “synthesis of sculpture and sustainable design.” A lifelong metal worker who was influenced by ecologically-conscious parents, he has earned a series of patents and won national and international acclaim for his colorful, playful, ergonomic, and ecologically responsible designs.
Berkeley-based sculptor Joseph Slusky grew up in Los Angeles, where he was fascinated with the colorful British toy soldiers at the farmers market, car shows at the Pan Pacific Auditorium, and the Southern California beach. He studied Architecture at UC Berkeley and later taught there. Slusky’s work finds its roots in the cubist, constructivist, and surrealist movements. His hand-painted, welded steel sculptures encoded in colorful, acrylic lacquer explore the subconscious: “[I]t is the unknown that I’m concerned with.”
A life-long admirer of the rich tradition of Japanese ceramics, sculptor and arts educator John Toki maintains his studio in Richmond, CA. Among his extensive public commissions are murals and large-scale outdoor clay and porcelain pieces inspired by forms found in nature (mountains, water, snow, and sky).
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Patricia Vader is an astronomer-turned-wind artist and metal sculptor. Her predilection for creating kinetic art stems from her own playful spirit and a positive public response. Vader works from her expansive hilltop property in Martinez, where the surrounding flora and fauna inspire her.
Lithuanian-born Rimas VisGirda lives in Champaign, IL. He studied Physics before pursuing Ceramics and Sculpture. VisGirda exhibited his work, lectured internationally, and taught at colleges and universities on the West Coast and in the Midwest until retiring in 1998. VisGirda’s work, addressing common themes in contemporary society, “allows us to examine and see our life and the culture we live in through eyes slanted with wit and humor.”
Born enthusiastic and with a creative mind, Midwestern native Gale Wagner created his first sculpture at age five. At his long-time Oakland studio, he works in steel, glass, and balsa wood (for his free-flight airplanes). Some of Wagner’s colorful steel sculptures have over twenty coats of paint.
Michigan native Ann Weber, based in San Pedro, CA, originally trained in Ceramics with Viola Frey, but turned to cardboard out of a desire to make pieces that were complex and monumental yet lightweight and maneuverable. Deeply influenced by her environment and travels, Weber’s pieces evoke charm and humor and “expand the possibility of making beauty from a common and mundane material.”