Arthur Gonzalez June 27-July 1 

Arthur Gonzalez
The Living Portrait from the Inside-Out
June 27 – July 1

Beginners, hobbyists, experts and professionals are all welcome!

“Arthur Gonzalez creates figuratively based sculptures, narrative tableaux that are dreamlike, poetic and mysterious. Layered with references to mythology, religion, philosophy, art history and literature, his cast of characters is simultaneously personal and archetypal.” This workshop will focus on making sculptural human heads using his “Inside-Out” method. Students will create a variety of heads from miniature to life-sized. Pushing out from the inside of the face, expression traverses the looks of realism to fantasy and abstraction. We will explore facial features and methods to convey personality, emotion and expression. Discussion will address understanding believability vs. realism, and the use of the human face to create narrative. Underglazes will be used for surface painting. Work will be bisque fired after the workshop.


 Arthur Gonzalez received his MFA from the University of California at Davis where he studied under Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri and Wayne Thiebaud. He has been a Professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland since 1991. He is an internationally exhibited artist with over 35 solo shows. An unprecedented four-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award, he has also won two Virginia Groot Foundation awards, and residencies including the Pilchuck Glass School and the Tainan University of Art in Taiwan. His book, The Art of Rejection, remains a popular study in persistence and professional practice.

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