Tristan Hoare is delighted to present an exhibition of Peter Schlesinger's ceramics, for the first time in the UK.
A group of 9 hand-crafted ceramics dating from 1992 to 2020 will be presented in the gallery from 4th May to 2nd July. A larger group will be presented as a Viewing Room at the same time.
Born in Los Angeles in 1948, Schlesinger studied at UCSC, UCLA and the Slade School of Art in London, beginning his artistic career in painting before transitioning to clay in 1987. His elegant earthenware pieces come in both traditional ceramic forms and original designs. Some are entirely new while others combine elements of antique ironwork, bronze or ceramics in unusual formations. All of them transmit a skill and love of the sensuous nature of clay and possess a sophisticated and organic quality.
The 9 sculptures in the exhibition span a 28-year period and form a cross-section of Schlesinger's work. The variety of scale, texture, glazes and shapes is impressive. They are recognisably by the same hand, but the range of visual language keeps the viewer guessing. They are ceramics with a personality of their own, vibrant contemporary works with a living connection to the past.
Schlesinger's sculptures and paintings have been widely exhibited and are in the collections of the Parrish Art Museum, USA; The Farnsworth Museum, USA; the UBS Art Collection and The Manchester Gallery of Art, UK.