Pamela Weir-Quiton (American, b.b. 1944)
Pamela Weir-Quiton is one of only a handful of female artists working in the male dominated form of fine woodworking. Weir-Quiton has been making finely crafted sculptural work from exotic woods that has been seducing collectors and curators since the mid 1960’s and she is considered an important part of the West Coast studio movement of the 20th Century. Known for her whimsical and life-size “rocking animals” and stylized life-size “Georgie Girl” functional doll-forms her vision is a fresh take on the artist’s desire to maintain a childlike sense of wide-eyed freedom and self-expression. When the body of her work is fully considered in relation to her male contemporaries, her work resides in a place somewhere between sculpture, woodworking and toys crafted for grown-ups. Pamela has spent her long career inviting the world to “come play” with her. Championed by curator Eudorah Moore early in her career and included in the seminal “California Design” exhibits (1964-1976), Weir-Quiton’s work is a part of the fabric and history of the LA design scene. A media darling since her early 20’s, the artist is currently celebrating her 50th studio year working and teaching in her airy Venice Beach wood-shop. In the 1970’s she was the subject of the marvelous documentary “People Who Make Things” and she recently has been interviewed and filmed for contemporary short-films and fresh articles about her work.
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