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    David Cressey (American, 1916-2013)
    Untitled
    Mixed media on Masonite, framed
    40-1/4 x 48 inches (102.2 x 121.9 cm)
    Signed lower right: David Cressey

    David Cressey was a Californian ceramicist, sculptor and painter known for his iconic planters which were instrumental in the development of the mid-century California school of design. During his tenure at Architectural Pottery in Orange County from 1961-1976, beginning as their first artist in residence and eventually serving as vice president, he transformed the humble planter from garden decoration into an object of art. He had a profound interest in texture, landscape, and function, which is present throughout his entire body of work. His three-dimensional forms were often carved with elaborate designs and tooled patterns inspired by nature, which effectively served to transcend the boundary between indoor and outdoor space, connecting the vessel with its surroundings.

    After retiring from Architectural Pottery he shifted his focus to painting, generating a compelling yet lesser-known body of work. Similar to his planters, his paintings also blur the line between external and internal experiences. Dubbing them "Innerscapes", Cressey created abstract landscapes that both evoke the physical landscape and topography of the outside world as well as one's unique emotional and physical topographies. While he generally used earth tones in his ceramics, his paintings incorporate a wider swath of colors, such as mint green, indigo, fuchsia and puce. The use of terracotta tones in the background acts as a through line between his two- and three-dimensional work, rendering a sense of continuity throughout his oeuvre. Cressey's paintings are perhaps more intimate and personal extensions of the innovation that made him stand out among the major proponents of Californian mid-century design.


    David Cressey was a Californian ceramicist, sculptor and painter known for his iconic planters which were instrumental in the development of the mid-century California school of design. During his tenure at Architectural Pottery in Orange County from 1961-1976, beginning as their first artist in residence and eventually serving as vice president, he transformed the humble planter from garden decoration into an object of art. He had a profound interest in texture, landscape, and function, which is present throughout his entire body of work. His three-dimensional forms were often carved with elaborate designs and tooled patterns inspired by nature, which effectively served to transcend the boundary between indoor and outdoor space, connecting the vessel with its surroundings.

    After retiring from Architectural Pottery he shifted his focus to painting, generating a compelling yet lesser-known body of work. Similar to his planters, his paintings also blur the line between external and internal experiences. Dubbing them "Innerscapes", Cressey created abstract landscapes that both evoke the physical landscape and topography of the outside world as well as one's unique emotional and physical topographies. While he generally used earth tones in his ceramics, his paintings incorporate a wider swath of colors, such as mint green, indigo, fuchsia and puce. The use of terracotta tones in the background acts as a through line between his two- and three-dimensional work, rendering a sense of continuity throughout his oeuvre. Cressey's paintings are perhaps more intimate and personal extensions of the innovation that made him stand out among the major proponents of Californian mid-century design.


    Condition Report*: Framed Dimensions 42 X 50 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2018
    21st Sunday
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