Comprised of 500 individual glazed terracotta tiles, connected by thin wire, this mural can be used as a room divider ...
moreComprised of 500 individual glazed terracotta tiles, connected by thin wire, this mural can be used as a room divider or as a 'tapestry' on a wall.
Infinite possibilities in terms of spacing of the elements (equal, randon, etc...). The individual tiles are pierced sideways at top and bottom to allow for the wire connection.
The tiles are between 3.5 and 8 in. long by 1.25 in. to 1.5 in. wide. They are about 0.75 in. thick (deep).
Stan Bitters is an American ceramics sculptor whose work was instrumental in shaping the organic modernist movement in the 1960s. His work has achieved international recognition and is a staple in many modern design and art shows, and has been featured in the prestigious California Design series and at the Craft and Folk Art Museum as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980.
His career in ceramics has spanned six decades. His large scale works include ceramic wall murals, sculptures, fountains, and garden pathways. These installations have been featured in several design publications, and can still be experienced in public spaces, banks, hotels, schools, churches, industrial complexes, and private residences. His influence has been present in California architecture since the 1960s.
Bitters received his Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from University of California Los Angeles in 1959. He also attended the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where he studied under Peter Voulkos. In 1959 he went to work for Hans Sumpf, an adobe brick manufacturer in Madera, California that perfected the process of manufacturing emulsified adobe bricks. Bitters was the company’s resident artist hired to create pottery and other ceramic art. While at Hans Sumpf, Bitters created architectural murals, tiles, bird houses, planters and sculptural objects – designs that would earn him recognition later on as a pioneer of the organic modernist craft movement. He left the company in 1965.
Perhaps no other artist has been as prolific as Bitters in the creation of monumental ceramic wall murals. His architectural installations adorn many commercial and residential buildings in California, such as the 22-foot tall indoor ceramic fountain environment inside the Stanislaus County Administrative Building, Modesto, California. and a group of two-story fireplaces at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California.
While Bitters’ work has always been commissioned by architects and designers, his work has recently found favour in the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles, where Mid-Century Modern has once again, as it did throughout the 1950s and 1960s, gained popularity and currency. less
- 1.5ʺW × 0.75ʺD × 8ʺH
- Place of Origin
- United States of America
- Terra Cotta
- Good Condition, Vintage / Antique / Used, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- Excellent Excellent less
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