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Tony Natsoulas Sculptures
For the past 22 years I have been working as a professional artist. My main interest has been large figurative ceramic sculpture. In undergraduate and graduate school I was fortunate to have studied with the artist that put figurative ceramic sculpture on the map, Robert Arneson. Since then I have been showing in galleries and museums around the world and have been commissioned to do public and private sculptures in bronze, fiberglass and clay.
1983-85 Master of Fine Arts, University of California at Davis1983 Summer Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME1982-83 Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland1979-82 Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Davis1977-79 California State University at Sacramento
Recipient of the "New Works" Grant, 1998, Sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission

Recipient of the “Key to the City”, 2000, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Recipient of the "Community Arts Award, Pence Art Gallery, Davis CA 2006
Selected Commissions/collections:
2007- Commissioned by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to make 3 painted bronze sculptures for Granite Park.

2006- Commissioned by The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to make 4 bronze sculptures for Tahoe Tallac Little League Park.

2003- Commission by the Pride of Sacramento to embellish a fiberglass lion for Lion Safari

2002- Commissioned by Odyssey Winery to sculpt two large murals, Chico, CA

2000- Private commission to create a large bust portrait of Miles Davis for L. A. Collector.

1999- Private commission to create a large bust portrait of Babe Ruth for Sacramento Collector.

1996- Corporate commission granted by the Hahn Corp. to place six over life size figures in fiberglass at the Downtown Plaza Mall, Sacramento

1995- Commissioned to design a T-shirt for the Japanese comic book "Morning" (circulation one million readers a week)

1994- Private Commission to sculpt a portrait head of Russ Solomon (Founder of Tower of Records)

1993- Corporate commission granted by the Hahn Corporation of San Diego to place a life-sized bronze figure "Balancing act, too" in the renovated Downtown Plaza K Street Mall in Sacramento, CA. (Site specifically created)

1992- Private commission to create a ceramic life-sized figure for Ronna Isaacs of Chicago, IL

1991- Commissioned by Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Friedman to create an outdoor ceramic sculpture on
balcony of their home, Beverly Hills.

1990- Corporate commission granted by Park side Properties for creating three life-sized ceramic
sculptures of various musicians, entitled "Simultaneous Melodies" and are installed on the
balcony of Lamp Lighters Square in Davis. (Site specifically created)

1988- Public commission granted by the City of Sacramento for a life-sized painted bronze sculpture of a golfer in a water trap. "This Is Not a Game" is of a golfer and the functional water fountain which is installed at the Bing Maloney Golf Course, Sacramento. (Site specifically created)

1987- Private commission to create a functional fountain and ceramic life-sized sculpture of
Neptune. Installed in the garden of Mr. & Mrs. Day of Turlock, CA

1986- Public commission granted by the City of Davis, California to sculpt two life-sized bronze figures entitled "the Joggers." The female and male joggers are installed in front of the Davis Police Department. (Site specifically created)
Single Exhibitions:

Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005 James Snidle Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
2004 James Snidle Fine Arts, Chico, CA
2003 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2002 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2001 Oakland Museum Downtown Sculpture Court, Oakland, CA
B. Sakata Garo Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Jglen Gallery, Davis, CA
2000 Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1999 Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1997 Patricia Sweetow, Napa, CA
1996 Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1994 Beuhler Alumni Center, UC Davis, CA
American River College Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1993 The Landis Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1992 University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
1990 California State University, Chico, CA
1989 Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1987 Himovitz/Salomon Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1986 Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 Gorman Museum, University of CA at Davis, Masters Exhibition
1984 Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
Group Exhibitions:

"Human Form in Clay - the Minds Eye", Shizuoka art gallery in Tokyo
"Humorous Expressions of Japanese Tanuki", Shiga Prefectural Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
"Creatures of Magic & Myth", Sonoma Art Museum, Sonoma, CA
"Nor-Cal Clay", Art Dept. Gallery at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
"Sculpture Walk", City of Chandler, AZ


Playing Around: Toys Designed by Artists, Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga, Ca
"AN EXTRAVAGANCE of “SALT & PEPPER”: containers, shakers, concepts, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
"Playing Around: Toys Designed by Artists", Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA
"Fired at Davis: Sculpture by Robert Arneson, his Colleagues and Students", Stanford Museum, Palo Alto, CA
"Tales from the Kiln: Contemporary Ceramics", Permanent collection at the San Jose Museum of Art.
"Human Form in Clay - the Minds Eye", Japan, Shiga Prefectural Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park & the Hyogo Museum of Ceramics.
"Hidden in Plan Sight", Stellar Art From the Area Collections. Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
"Over the Edge", Gallery of Urban Art, Emeryville, CA
"Narrative Clay", V. Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004 "Faculty Show", Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
“The Eve Aesthetic: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture by Artists from TB9, 1963-2003”, Memorial Union Gallery, UC Davis, CA
“Multiples”, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
"The Funk show", Sacramento International Airport

2003 "Small packages”, Julie Baker Gallery, Grass Valley, CA
"Dog eat Dog", Excentrique Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2002 "Ceramic National 2000", Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL and Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
"Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow", Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
"CERAMICS- Bay Area and Beyond", A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
“The Figure” Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001 "New Acquisitions", Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
“Telling Tales”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO (Poster)
“Angels”, Elena Zass Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
"Ceramic National 2000", Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (Catalog)

2000 “Ceramic National 2000”, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY (Catalog)
“Ceramic Group Show”, A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
“From the fire: Figures in Ceramic”, Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
“Fred and Tony Show”, Center School Art Center, Lake Charles, LA

1999 “Teapot Show”, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass
“Group Show”, One Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
"Censored!" A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
"Rendezvous 99!" Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska (Catalog)
"Feats of Clay", Glading Mcbean, Lincoln, CA

1998 "The Toki Collection", Richmond art Center, Richmond, CA
"Sculpture" Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
"Forms" Terrain, San Francisco, CA
"Feats of Clay", Gladding Mcbean, Lincoln, CA
"Sculpture walk", Yerba Buena Gardens, S. F., CA

1997 "Self Expressions", Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento
"Hot Tea" del Mono Gallery , Los Angeles, CA"

1996 "Day Dreams", Christensen Heller Gallery, Oakland, CA
"A Madcap Teapot Party at the Renwick", Smithsonian, Washington, D.C
"Ceramics in Northern California", Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
"Generations: The Lineage of Influence in Bay Area Art",
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
"Cup as Metaphor ll.", Sybris Gallery, Royal Oaks, MI

1995 "Art, The Great American Pastime" George Krevsky Fine Art, S.F., CA
"The Blooty and Squirmy Show" Big Art Gallery, Sacramento
"Group Show", Obsidion Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1994 "Art is..", The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, CA
"Four Views of Sculpture", Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
"69th Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition" Crocker Museum, Sacramento
"Robert Arneson, Changing the Face of American Ceramics, A Tribute." Kingsbourough
Community College Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1993 "Feast Your Eyes," Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Erotic Art Show" Big Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
"Pacific Rim Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition", Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
"75th Anniversary Exhibition", Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA
"Large Scale Figurative Ceramics" University Art Gallery, California State University,
Hayward, CA
"West Coast Clay: The New Breed", The Museum of California Crafts, S.F., CA

1992 "Art Studio Alumni & Faculty" UCD Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center, Davis CA
"L.A. You're Driving Me Wild" Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Tea Time" Babb/Himovitz Gallery, Cambria, CA
"America" Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA

1991 "Crocker-Kingsley Anniversary Exhibition" Crocker Art Museum
"Sculptural Perspectives for the Nineties" Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, Ca
"Cup: As a Metaphor" Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan

1990 "American Ceramics" National Museum of Ceramic Arts, Baltimore, MD
"The San Francisco Blues Show" - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery
"The Making of a Legend: Chief Seattle's Reply" - Hatley Martin Gallery, San Francisco,
"Anthony Natsoulas & Roberta Loach" - Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
"Four Ceramic Sculptors" Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
"Figurative Ceramics" - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

1989 "Diamonds Are Forever; Artists and Writers on Baseball", Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
"Capitol a'la cArte" - California State Capitol, Sacramento
"Contemporary Ceramics, The Artists of TB-9" - Main Gallery California State University at
Fullerton, CA
"Genre; People Doing Everyday Things" - Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cuppertino,

1988 "Crocker-Kingsley Juried Annual Exhibition" Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
"Three Decades of Art in Davis" - Davis Art Center, Davis, CA

1987 "Members Exhibition" - National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Laura Russo
Gallery, Portland, Oregon "Third Annual Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition" San
Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas
"Mother Earth, Perpetual Source of Life" The San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San
Francisco, CA
"Visiting Artists" - Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio

1986 "Art Bridge" - City Gallery, Kobe, Japan
"Eccentric Imagery" - Berkeley Art Center, CA. Traveled to Ek'ymose Art Contemporain,
Bordeaux, France; Caroline Corre Gallery, Paris, France; and the Centre D'Action Culturelle De St.-
Brieuc, France
"West Coast Ceramics" - Walnut Creek Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA

1985 "Contemporary American Ceramics: 20 Artists" - Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Harbor, CA
"Gala Exhibition & Auction" - Independent Curators, N.Y.C.
"Crocker-Kingsley Annual Juried Exhibition", Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

Artist's Statement:
Growing up in the 1960's and 1970's, our family would travel to New York City to visit relatives. One of the great accidental benefits of this for me was being exposed to the incredible art galleries and museums of the big apple. I can remember the impact it had on me while viewing the Pop art that was being shown at the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Guggenheim Museum. The art work of Claes Oldenburg's, and George Segal’s stand out in my mind as the most inspirational. I grew up in Davis, California. In grade school I went on field trips to the local Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, where I would see David Gilhooly’s ceramic work for the first time. I never forgot the piece that struck a chord with me and whet my appetite for art and all of its endless possibilities. The sculpture was a ceramic casserole dish with a frog goddess of fertility on its lid. The frog was adorned with lots of breasts. After that, I wanted to learn more about art. I started dabbling in clay at the age of 11 in summer school and have not put it down since. In 1977, I started making large ceramic sculptures at Davis Senior high school. My teacher, Donna Hands, was impressed with the work I was doing and recommended I take concurrent classes at the local college, which was the University of California at Davis. At that time, a man was teaching at UCD who would change my life and gave me the incentive to pursue art as a career. His name was Robert Arneson. After taking two classes with Arneson in high school and having my eyes opened to art, I graduated from Davis Senior High School and went to Sacramento State University where I took ceramic classes from Robert Brady. In 1979, I transferred back to University of California at Davis and got my Bachelor of Arts from there in 1982. I was very fortunate to have been able to study and take classes from the cream of the crop of fine artists, such as Roy de Forrest, Wayne Thiebaud, and Manuel Neri and other prestigious artists. They were not only very successful in their teaching professions, but were working and showing artists as well, which was a great role model for me. In 1983 I was accepted to Maryland Institute, College of Art, for graduate school. I had wanted to go there for a different perspective on art. I met Eddie Bisese who was a graduate student in painting there who had a profound influence on me. After being there for a year I was homesick for sunny California and the art department at Davis, I came back to University of California at Davis and got my Masters in Fine Arts in 1984. During art school and for many years after, I have been working on large life size figurative ceramic sculptures. I concentrated on form and gesture. I wanted the pieces to stand on the floor on their own two feet, drawing the viewers into them, demanding a presence that would be equal with a real person. I worked out feelings and thoughts in the clay based on social issues, phobias, struggles from within and political satire. When I got out of grad school in 1985, I was asked to be in the Rena Bransten gallery in San Francisco, where I had two successful shows. Since then I have had museum and gallery exhibitions all around the world and have received public and private commissions in clay, bronze, and fiberglass. Like most artists, I start off my work with an inspiration. Inspiration is a very elusive thing. Absurd television shows, people, toys, cartoons, plays and movies that are nostalgic inspire me the most. I also look at other artists for inspiration such as Robert Arneson, Clayton Bailey, Red Grooms, David Gilhooly, Big Daddy Roth to name a few. Recently, I have been concentrating on larger than life exaggerated ceramic busts of people that have inspired me on many different levels. For example, as a child we watched a television show entitled the Honeymooners. It starred Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden an over weight; loud and very opinionated man who was married to Audrey Meadows who played his wife Alice. During the days that this program aired women were portrayed as mothers, wives and happy homemakers. They had no opinions, made no fuss and everything was a neat and tidy package of dribble. The character played by Meadows, Alice, was very different from the rest of the housewives on television. She stood up for what she believed, she was not afraid of her loud overbearing husband. She was wise, firm, loving and still was able to be feminine. I admired the character of Alice and was drawn to sculpting her and immortalizing her in clay. In this series of busts I also sculpted Inspector Clouseau, Hercule Poirot, Uncle Fester, Auntie Mame, Pee Wee Hermann, The Duchess from Alice and wonderland and more. The next in the series is made up of people who have gone against the grain in their time. I chose Picasso to sculpt for he was the epitome of a fine artist that not only worked with paint but with clay also. Clayton Bailey was one of the first artists I saw who used humor, science, performance, and intellect. I saw his " 8 Wonders of the World" exhibit in Port Costa, CA when I was in high school and have never forgotten the experience. He has been of great inspiration to me over the years and I wanted to sculpt him to pay tribute to him. Audrey Hepburn was known for her beauty and grace on the silver screen, but I also admired her humanitarian work with UNICEF. I also sculpted the Beatles. They were the background music of life when I was growing up. I admire John ’s plight for world peace, and love through his lovely lyrics, music and peaceful protests. George’s journey for spirituality and a feeling of inner peace and his support of Monty Python. Ringo’s winning battle with substance abuse and for never losing his humorous side. Paul’s willingness fight for animals rights. I have sculpted them all from different periods in their history. I am just sorry that I will never know them, so my sculptures will have to make due." I had a very successful exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum where I made 12 large busts of my friends and my wife, Donna, as 18th century characters. He loves the outrageous colors and attitudes of that era. The show was installed in the Crocker's ballroom, which made a fantastic environment for the work. You can see installation pictures of this in side this website. The show traveled to the Triton Museum of Art. I went to Japan this last spring for five weeks. I was an artist in residence at the Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park. I got very inspired and am now working on a series of large sculptures of Japaniese folk tales.
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