David James Gilhooly Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1943)

David Gilhooly is an American artist, with a decidedly Canadian connection. He was born in Auburn, California in 1943, but his family moved often, spending time in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where he graduated from high School. He had developed an interest in biology and archeology, and registered at the University of California at Davis as a biology major. He changed to an art major after taking a ceramics class with Robert Arneson. He Graduated from the UCD in 1965 and received his MA in 1967. Together with other ceramic artists, Robert Arneson, Peter Vandenberge, Chris Unterseher and Margaret Dodd, he established what would come to be known as California's Funk Ceramic Movement.He was not exclusively working in ceramics at the time. Gilhooly experimented with a variety of sculpture media including paper machê, and fake fur. His interest in biology was evident in his full-size sculptures of animals, his naugahyde elephant foot stools...and later his frogs. In 1969 Regina's Hone-James Studio held a workshop featuring California funk artist, James Mechert. The MacKenzie Art Gallery, at the same time, held an exhibition showing the work of leading funk artists, including Gilhooly. A short time later he was hired by the art department at the University of Saskatchewan. There he had influence on a developing Regina ceramic art scene. His irreverent approach to ceramics, caused fellow U of S instructor, Joe Fafard, to rethink his recent forays into minimalism and kinetic sculpture. Fafard's appreciation of Gilhooly's "Frog World" sculptures helped to free him to define his own figurative iconography.Gilhooly's sojurn in Regina was cut short, when in 1971, he named two ceramic baboons after the department chairman and his wife. He moved to Toronto and began teaching at York University. While in Ontario he had a touring exhibition entitled "With David Gilhooly in the Frog World", and was featured on the cover of Arts Canada. He didn't move back to California until 1975, when he returned to teaching at UCD full-time. Back in California, the Hansen-Fuller and Candy Store Galleries feature the first of his "Bake Sale" exhibitions.He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1978,exhibiting with the Downstairs Gallery in Edmonton. His sculpture, "Thepreadwall" was installed in the government buildings in Calgary. While living in Calgary, he traveled regularly to California to teach and exhibit. His work was widely-shown, across the U.S. and Canada. He returned to California in 1982 and turned away from his figurative frog ceramics. His new medium of choice was plexiglass. The following year, he completed his giant Dagwood Sandwiches, which were then considered to be his last ceramic works.Over the years, he continued to create sculpture in plexiglass but returned to clay as well. More recently, his creative repetoire expanded to include engravings on paper and shadow box assemblage sculpture. He continues to be a creative force to be reckoned with.

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Covered Bridge
Maud Lewis
Oil on Panel (11.75x12.675 in)
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Cottonwood Trees, Lake Okanagan
Walter Joseph Phillips
watercolour (16x17.75 in) 1946
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Sketch at Little Turtle Lake
James Edward Hervey MacDonald
Oil on Panel (8 1/2 x10.5 in) 1924
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Indians in Canoes
Frederick Arthur Verner
Watercolour (20.7x40 in) 1903
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Pentiction - British Columbia
Robert Lougheed
oil (10x20 in) 1978
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Seriel, Ocre, Bleu
Guido Molinari
acrylic on canvas (60x24 in) 1968
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Two Oxen in Winter
Maud Lewis
Oil on Panel (11.25x11.75 in) circa 1963
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Boy With Bird Spirit
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic on paper (27x19.25 in) circa 1969
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Valley of the Ten Peaks 23/200
Walter Joseph Phillips
wood block prints (5x6.5 in) 1931
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Across Walter J. Lake
Robert Genn
acrylic (11x14 in)
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