William Ellsworth Artis (1914-1977 New York, NY)

10'' H x 9.5'' W x 8'' D

  • Provenance: Private Collection, Brooklyn, NY; Private Collection, San Diego, CA, acquired from the above, late 1970s
  • Notes: William Artis was an important African American ceramist, sculptor and educator. The present work is from his best known series, created in the 1930s and 40s, consisting of terracotta and stoneware portrait busts of black youths. With realism and sympathy, Artis focuses the viewer's attention on the young girl's thoughtful features emerging from under a plain head cloth. Originally from North Carolina, Artis arrived in New York in the late 1920s and by 1933 was studying at the Art Students League where he won the prestigious William E. Harmon Foundation award for Distinguished Achievement among Negros, in the category of fine art. He continued his studies at Syracuse University after serving in World War II, and also studied at the Harlem Community Art Center under Selma Burke (1900-1995) and Augusta Savage (1892-1962)
  • Condition: Generally good condition with no chips, rubbing or abrasion. An inherent firing hole to the figure's hair. Newer felt applied to the underside.

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