Large Scale Ceramic Sculpture of Robert Arneson 2 by Tony Natsoulas

“Where be your gibes now?”
(Portrait of Robert Arneson)
Ceramic, wood and metal
100 ” x 24″ x 24″
2013
Photo by Izzy Schwartz

This piece was commissioned by Candice Groot. In high school I took two classes from Arneson at UC Davis. At the time, the university had a program where residents of Davis could take classes there. I went on to get his B.A. and M.F.A from UCD and mostly studied with Bob. This sculpture is a portrait of Arneson emerging out of a top loading kiln that is made up of 62 bricks. The 62 bricks signify the years he lived and the emerging from the kiln suggests how creative he was. There are pieces piled around him from various series that Arneson had done in the early years.  This piece was commissioned by Candace Groot in 2013 after seeing the original portrait.

Arneson sculpture in progress..