Ron Nagle
American, born 1939
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Small Sculpture,
20th C Sculpture & Ceramics,
Jeffrey Spahn Gallery
The World as Will and Wallpaper,
Le Consortium

Intimate in scale, bold in color, and immaculate in finish, the ceramic sculptures by San Francisco-based artist Ron Nagle look like surrealistic dream objects. Early in his career, Nagle apprenticed with fellow Abstract Expressionist ceramicist Peter Voulkos, and he cites Ken Price and Giorgio Morandi as significant influences. His small vessels and abstract sculptures often have puckered surfaces and gradual color fades; slabs melt into hard right angles, and monochromatic parts are given finely grained texture. While clearly handmade, to the sleekness of Nagle’s works lends them an air more alien than human.