Large Tobey Ceramic Signed American Southwestern Modern Buffalo Sculpture By Gene & Rebecca - Santa Fe, New Mexico
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A uniquely brilliant American ceramic sculpture capturing the essence of a buffalo, in southwestern modern style by celebrated husband & wife artists Gene (1945-2006) & Rebecca Tobey (b.1948). This large sculpture dates to the late 20th century, decorated in rich polychrome design depicting lizard & dessert mountainous / southwestern landscape in mixed media glazed & matte finishes. Reticulated design to buffalo's back. Open panels revealing red glazed interior add depth & dimension, raised & incised exterior decoration. Signed,"Tobey" to the foot. Bottoms of feet covered in soft felt. Truly a remarkable artistic example. circa 1990s. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dimensions (approx): 21" High, 21.5" Wide, 12" Deep Excellent condition - About the artist: The collaboration began with Rebecca acting as assistant on Gene's sculptures, which evolved from dishes & practical ceramics to highly stylized animals. "She was my glaze technician," Tobey explained, meaning the person who applies the glazes before firing. The sculptures in the mid-1980s were an interesting combination of techniques. Gene Tobey first made a mold of an animal & cut out sections to be superimposed on other parts of the animal. Then, using a steel stylus he engraved designs. Rebecca Tobey did the glazing, imbuing the sculptures with color before the final firing. Over the months, however, Rebecca Tobey slowly began to develop her own techniques & her own ideas about the kind of surfaces that would enhance the three-dimensional qualities of the sculptures. "In summer of 1987 Gene Tobey had an opening at Presdon Gallery," she recalls, "I wanted to use colored clay slips instead of glazes. Glazes are chemicals that melt & bleed. They don't have sharp delineations. I wanted a sharp, crisp finish." Rebecca Tobey coated sections of two sculptures with clay slip. They were the first in the show to sell. Another was made for a show of fourteen pieces in Vail - & again it was the first to sell. It was magic. "I realized I needed new thoughts & different hands to make different pieces," said Gene Tobey. Once he realized that Rebecca had moved firmly - & permanently - from a technician into an equally creative artist, Gene called his galleries & instructed them to change the credit to "Gene & Rebecca Tobey." One or two delayed, resisting the idea of naming two people, but now the artistic marriage is etched into each piece. in Gene's words, "There are times I don't like being called an artist because I don't know the parameters of the term. We're dealing with our own aesthetic & having fun with it. There's always something new, & the experiment goes on. I look at Rebecca's work & feel privileged, not jealous. It's a blessing when two people work together, not compete but combine. Evolving & changing became our focus. One person takes a step & the other has to take a step to catch up." in the 1990's, the Tobeys began to work in bronze, continuing their tradition of stylized animals. Unfortunately,



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