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Robert D. Brady, Robert Brady

Biography to Display: 

1946Born, Reno, Nevada

EDUCATION

1964-1968BFA California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California

1973-1975MFA University of California, Davis, California 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1975-2008Professor of Art, California State University, Sacramento, California

 

Robert Brady’s early abstract coil-built and pinch-built figurative sculptures reference iconic spiritual and mythological imagery. These early figures established his reputation as one of the moving forces in California’s San Francisco Bay Area figurative ceramic sculpture movement. The near life-size, elongated recall the work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti. These figures are chracteristically elongated and linear with angular posture. As a result of raku firing, the figures have a patina that suggests age. In the late 1970s Brady produced a series of distorted masks based on Mexican folk sculptures. In the 1980s his influence shifted to the Septic River figures from New Guinea and masks of the Northwest Coast.

In the 1970s Brady earned his MFA at UC Davis with Robert Arneson.

In 1989 Brady shifted media and began building his figures in wood. After a number of years working with wood he returned to clay, at first working with terra cotta. At that time he also made a number of functional, wheel thrown vessels decorated with angular line drawings. Brady continues these vessel forms today (2017). On occasion, Brady makes both the clay and wire sculpture pendants with a unique lanyard. Brady continues to create bronze figurative work as well as both abstract ceramic and wood free standing and wall hung sculptures.  Brady is comfortable working with all mediums, wood, clay, and bronze.

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics 1976 to the Present. New York, New York: Abbeville Press, 1979.

Lauria, Jo. Color and Fire Defining Monuments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000. Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2000.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics from Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms. New York, New York: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1988.

Manhart, Marcia and Tom Manhart, eds. The Eloquent Object, the Evolution of American Art in Craft Media Since 1945.Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Philbrook Museum of Art, 1987.

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay, third edition. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, 2000.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Braunstein/Quay Gallery, Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

Artist's Studio: Robert Brady

 

Typical Marks

Brady uses a stamp made from a carved stone square with a simple motif of his initials, a backwards "R" sharing the same center vertical with the letter "B". This "chop" is used only on pottery from the past 18 -20 years (ca. 1996—). Otherwise, pieces exist with the simple inscribing of RB. All sculpture/two dimensional work shares this same marking R.B., date is sometimes used if it does not disfigure the work. (Information provided by the artist, 2014) Additional information provided by the artist in June 2015: "I want to say that very early potter was signed in script Brady and sometimes R. Brady. In addition, for more that two decades sculpture is simply signed RB followed by date. Sometimes it is inscribed in the leather hard clay and other times is applied with a brush/black stain. Once in a while no signature is used as it defaces the object and usually too large/ungainly to write on bottom."

Bowl 203
Date: ca. 2014
Form: Bowl
Photo: Trax Gallery
Window Vase
Date: ca. 2014
Photo: Trax Gallery
Yumomi
Date: ca. 2014
Form: Yunomi
Photo: Trax Gallery
Platter
Date: 1979
Form: Platter
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Treadway Auction Gallery
Astronomer
Date: 1985
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Pinched, Coiled
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Tempter
Date: 1986
Method: Pinched, Coiled
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive,  University of Southern California
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Bowl
Date: ca 2014
Form: Bowl
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Trax Gallery
Shino Bowl
Date: ca 2014
Form: Bowl
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Shino Glaze
Photo: Trax Gallery
Nuclear Family
Date: 1986
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Stain
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Mask #67
Date: 1980
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Stain
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Square Serving Bowl with Lug Feet
Date: 2003
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Cup
Form: Cup
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Lauren Smith Collection
Photo: TMP
Lauren Smith Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 16, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/brady