Richard Jolley (Tennessee, born 1952) blown and hot formed glass totem sculpture on stand titled "Force of Gravity". Depicting a male head with fabricated and acid etched elements in colors of amber, red, lime and yellow. Signed and dated "Richard Jolley 2006" lower right front edge. Fitted with a custom metal display stand. Sculpture – 22" H x 9 3/4" W. Stand – 19" H x 12" W. Early 21st century. Biography (from the Knoxville Museum of Art): Richard Jolley, internationally recognized as one of today's most important glass sculptors, was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1952. As a youth, he moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and in 1970 began his art training at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee, studying under noted glass artist Michael Taylor. After receiving his B.F.A. from George Peabody College in Nashville (now part of Vanderbilt University), Jolley continued graduate studies at North Carolina's Penland School of Crafts, under the instruction of studio glass artist Richard Ritter. One of Jolley's early assistants was glass artist Tommie Rush. They married in 1988 and now share a studio full time in Knoxville. Jolley has participated in over 65 solo museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the United States and in Australia, Europe, Israel, and Japan. In 1997, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, organized the first extensive exhibition of Jolley's mature glass sculptures; and in 2002, the Knoxville Museum of Art presented the first major retrospective of Jolley's work, which later traveled nationally to 14 museums over five years. Jolley's works have been showcased in numerous important museum surveys of contemporary glass, including the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan; the International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, Japan; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Jolley has received several prestigious private and public commissions, including Everything and the Cosmos (2007), installed at 7 World Trade Center, New York City. Jolley's large, permanent exhibitiontitled "Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity" has been on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art since 2014. Provenance: Private Knoxville, TN collection. CONDITION: Overall very good condition.
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