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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Mining Town, Northern Ontario, Cobalt
Frederick Grant Banting
oil on panel (8.5x10.5 in) 1932
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Carriage
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (8.5x12 in) circa 1955
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Ox Team in Winter #3
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (11.75x14 in) circa 1965
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Kotzabeau Village, Alaska
Robert Lougheed
oil on panel (12x16 in) 1954
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Sans Titre
Jean Paul Riopelle
oil on canvas (7.5x9.5 in) 1950
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Mistaya Valley
Walter Joseph Phillips
watercolour (14.5x21.5 in) 1936
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Divine Symphony of Forest, Rock and Snow
William Kurelek
mixed media (28.5x47.5 in) 1973
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Zaparozian Cossacks
William Kurelek
oil (40x60 in) 1952
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Country Village
Nora Collyer
oil on canvas (23.5x27.5 inch)
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Getting Water for the House
Allen Sapp
acrylic (12x16 in) 1982
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