WV Artist Joe Lung Studio Art Pottery Porcelain Tray
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Directory: Artists: Ceramics: Porcelain: Pre 2000: Item # 1083494
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This beautiful and curious decorative porcelain tray was made by Chinese-born West Virginia artist Joseph ("Joe") Lung, and is marked with his hand-inscribed calligraphy on the bottom and also signed "Lung."
The mysterious nude figure, vegetation, and animals are reminiscent of Greek mythology, paintings by Henri Rousseau (such as The Dream), and the drawings of Pablo Picasso. This octagonal shape is fitted with a "hanger" handle on back, so that it can in fact be hanged on the wall like a painting. Measures 10-7/8" tall x 12.5" wide. Believed to date to the late 1980s or early 1990s. Certainly has a look inspired by Postmodernism.
In 2004, Lung was awarded a West Virginia Artist Fellowship Grant Award. In announcing the prize, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History said (on their website):
“Born in Beijing, China, Joseph Lung (Roane County) came to the United States as a civil engineer, but soon took up the study of painting and ceramics, attending Missouri State University and West Virginia University. For the last three decades, he has earned a place as one of West Virginia’s most renowned and artistically distinctive potters. His award-winning work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in the Cincinnati Museum of Art collection. Using a style that exhibits both Chinese and Western influences, Lung attributes his incorporation of natural images to living in rural West Virginia.”
There is an illustrated Fall 2003 article about him available for free here: www.newhorizonconsult.com/file_uploads /Lung%20article.pdf
There is also a Youtube video showing some of Lung's more recent works, which were sgrafitto designs in black and white, and which he was doing as late as December 2010 (despite the video's claim that he stopped all ceramic production, in favor of carved soapstone, in April 2010). Some of these black-and-white sgrafitto works are currently available online at prices ranging between $100 and over $500 each.
The artist's Facebook profile lists some of his numerous exhibitions, prizes, and so on:
Ongoing Permanent collection of Cincinnati Museum of Art, Ohio
2004 WV Commission on the Arts Artists Fellowship Grant
2003 Judges’ Selection, Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
2002 Best in Clay, Clay and Glass Show, Royal Oak, Michigan
2001 Best of West Virginia Exhibit, Sunrise Museum, Charleston
2000 West Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts
2000 Director’s Choice, Cain Park Art Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
2000 Award of Excellence, Clay &Glass Show, Royal Oak, Michigan
1999 Award of Excellence, Chautauqua Art Fair, New York
1998 Best of Show, Chautauqua Art Fair, New York
1996-1995 West Virginia Juried Exhibition
1995 1st Place 3D Functional, Port Clinton Art Festival, Illinois
1994 1st Place 3D Functional, Port Clinton Art Festival, Illinois
1994-1993 Honorable Mention Atlanta Art Festival, Georgia
1994-1993 West Virginia Craft Fellowship Recipient
1994-1993 Huntington Museum of Art: Honed from the Heart
1994-1993 West Virginia Juried Exhibition
1994 Exhibition at the West Virginia Governor's Mansion
1993 Ohio Designer Craftsmen Award for Excellence
1991-1990 West Virginia Juried Exhibition
1991 Exhibition at the West Virginia Governor's Mansion
1991 Memphis Art Festival Juror's Award, Tennessee
1991 Boston Mills Arts Festival Ceramic Award, Cleveland, Ohio
1990 Hathaway Brown Ceramic Award, Cleveland, Ohio
1989 Atlanta Arts Festival $500 Merit Award, Georgia
1989 Winterfair Ceramic Monthly Award, Columbus, Ohio
This piece is in original condition. No scratches, no nicks, no chips, no hairlines, and no repairs.