Robert Arneson (1930 - 1992)

Biography

Born in Benicia, California in 1930, Robert Arneson was encouraged by his father to draw. He became a proficient draftsman early in life and drew cartoons for a local newspaper as a teenager. After Arneson studied art education at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland he taught in a local high school, where he became interested in ceramics. He went on to receive an MFA from Mills College in 1958. Arneson became head of the ceramics department at the University of California at Davis in 1962 and became a full professor of art in 1973.

Arneson was greatly influenced by the expressionist work of fellow Californian Peter Voulkos, who had studied Pablo Picasso’s works in clay. This influence stimulated Arneson to be more adventurous and to break through previously established sculptural boundaries. Arneson rejected the idea that ceramic artists produce only utilitarian or decorative items. He began creating non-functional clay pieces, contradicting the more formal traditions previously associated with this medium. He created a number of self-portraits using photographs, mirrors, and drawings; each one seemed to reveal a new identity. Although by definition self-referential, the ironic and humorous self-portraits were used as vehicles to present universal concepts and feelings. Arneson was part of the dynamic group of irreverent California Pop artists whose work has come to be known as “Funk Art.”

Robert Arneson, Son Of Sam 34/35, 1981

Robert Arneson
Son Of Sam 34/35, 1981
Lithograph
Image size: 37.75 X 27.5
Framed size: 47 X 37
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Robert Arneson – The Artist In Front Of His House 49/75, 1987

Robert Arneson
The Artist In Front Of His House 49/75, 1987
Limited Edition Lithograph
Image size: 30 X 38
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Robert Arneson – Unknown Dinner Plate, 1971

Robert Arneson
Unknown Dinner Plate, 1971
Mixed media on paper
Image size: 17 X 25
Framed size: 28 X 34
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Robert Arneson, Unknown (Toilet), 1969


Robert Arneson
Untitled Toilet, 1969
Ink on paper
Image size: 14.5 X 13.5
Framed size: 23.75 X 21.75
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Robert Arneson, Untitled Light Bulb, 1966

Robert Arneson
Untitled Light Bulb, 1966
Lithograph
Image size: 11.25 X 8
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Robert Arneson Mortar & Pestle Toilet

Robert Arneson
Mortar & Pestle Toilet 6/22, 1966
Etching
Image size: 9 X 12
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Robert Arneson Welcome To The Candy Store

Robert Arneson
Welcome To The Candy Store, 15/200
Limited edition poster
Image size: 23 X 17.75
Framed size: 26.25 X 20.25
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Robert Arneson Just A Little Exercise

Robert Arneson
Just A Little Exercise, 1974
Ceramic
12 X 17 X 2
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Arneson, Robert – Adeliza

Robert Arneson
Adeliza, 1976
Ceramic
18 X 18
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Arneson, Robert – Alice Street

Robert Arneson
Alice Street, 1966
Ceramic
16 X 16
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Arneson, Robert – Bob Throwing Pot

Robert Arneson
Bob Throwing Pot, 1973
Ceramic
18 X 18
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Arneson, Robert – A Hollow Gesture, 1980

Robert Arneson
A Hollow Gesture 21/35, 1980
Lithograph on paper
Image size: 40 X 30
Framed size: 42 X 32
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Robert Arneson, Crocker Art Museum

Robert Arneson
Crocker Art Museum
Lithograph
Image size:
Framed size: 25 X 19
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