Three (3) Olen Bryant (American/Tennessee, 1927-2017) ceramic sculptures plus one (1) other. 1st item: Large Olen Bryant sculpture having a grey, off white glaze with textured surface, depicting a female figure with a serene face and wavy halo emerging from a square base. Signed on the back base edge "O. Bryant". 20 3/4" H x 11 1/4" W x 6" D. 2nd & 3rd items: Two (2) carved ceramic faces by Olen L. Bryant including one square form plaque with central face having a buff and white crackle glaze, signed and dated "O. Bryant '81" en verso and a freeform face with celadon and brown speckled glaze, signed and dated "O Bryant '77" en verso, both designed for hanging. 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" and 7 1/2" H x 8" W respectively. 4th item: Oval carved ceramic face with iridescent black glaze, signed and dated en verso "Andrews 2000". 9" H x 10 1/4" W. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: Born in Cookeville, TN, Bryant was a 1950 graduate of Murray State University and a 1954 graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. He additionally studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Institute in the Visual Arts in American Culture at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum in 1967. Bryant was a professor at Austin Peay State University from 1964 to 1991. Bryant's artwork is widely collected around the United States and is a part of several museum collections, including the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the Tennessee State Museum of Art and the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville and his works have been displayed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and at the Governor's Mansion during the Phil Bredesen administration. He was a founding member of the Nashville Artist Guild and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (source: Nashville Fine Arts Magazine & The Leaf Chronicle). CONDITION: All pieces overall very good condition.
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