Ken Price, ‘Ken Price Pair of Cups ’, 1956, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery
Ken Price, ‘Ken Price Pair of Cups ’, 1956, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery
Ken Price, ‘Ken Price Pair of Cups ’, 1956, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery

Kenneth Price was an American artist who uncovered the surprising possibilities of ceramics as sculpture. He is best known for his abstract shapes constructed from fired clay. These are an unusual pair of cups, signed by the artist.

Private collection

About Ken Price

Inspired by the form and dynamism of ocean waves as well as the human body, Ken Price’s painted ceramic shapes are both erotic and cartoonish, with plump forms and gently sloping curves. Price’s work-intensive process involves applying numerous coats of paint and sanding each piece to achieve a glossy surface of variegated color, as seen in the melting contours of Laird (2010). These playful forms often appear in Price’s watercolors as well, undulating against flattened landscapes painted in acidic colors.

American, 1935-2012, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California