Ron Nagle, ‘Ron Nagle Bronze Sculpture ’, ca. 1999, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery

Ron Nagle is an American sculptor known for small-scale, refined sculptures of great detail and compelling color. Nagle owned a 1948 Ford Coupe to which he applied 40 coats of British racing green, sanding between each layer to achieve depth of color. This same fanaticism is evident in the detailed color and texture of his sculptures.

Private collection

About Ron Nagle

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.

American, b. 1939, San Francisco, California, based in San Francisco, California

Group Shows

Le Consortium, 
Dijon, France,
The World as Will and Wallpaper

Fair History on Artsy

Rena Bransten Gallery at FOG Design+Art 2015
Rena Bransten Gallery at The Armory Show 2013