Peter Voulkos

An Abstract Expressionist of ceramics, Peter Voulkos took to the high art medium of clay. He began developing his signature style while teaching at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where his work inspired up and coming students such as Robert Arneson and Jun Kaneko who went on to become successful artists. For several years after that, he taught every summer at Columbia University in New York and stayed in touch with his New York School friends. He began doing massive, cantilevered sculptures and in 1959, won the Rodin Prize at the first Paris Biennale. “Gallas Rock,” eight feet high, is at the Frederick S Wight Galleries of the University of California at Los Angeles.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1958 Pasadena Art Museum
1960 Museum of Modern Art, New York
1963 David Stuart Galleries
1972 San Francisco Museum of Art
1978 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1978 Braunstein/Quay Gallery
1979 Hill’s Gallery of Contemporary Art
1983 Art Center of Tokyo
1984 Braunstein Gallery
1990 Charles Cowles Gallery
1995 The Oakland Museum of California

Selected Group Exhibitions

1953 Brooklyn Museum
1956 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1962 Whitney Museum of American Art
1963 J. Blumenfeld Gallery
1964 National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1967 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1970 Whitney Museum of American Art
1972 San Francisco Museum of Art
1974 The Oakland Museum of California
1985 Crocker Art Museum
1996 John Berggruen Gallery
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
2000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Selected Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art
The Oakland Museum of California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Smithsonian Institution
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mingei International Museum
Crocker Art Museum
Portland Art Museum
National Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
City and County of San Francisco

Peter Voulkos

-SOLD-Peter Voulkos Untitled, 1962

Peter Voulkos

Peter Voulkos Untitled, 1973

Peter Voulkos

Peter Voulkos, Untitled, 1960, 3″ x 13″