Ron Nagle



Morontendre, 2012
Morontendre, 2012
mixed media
20,3 x 17,7 x 17,1 cm
8 x 7 x 6 3/4 in.

Balky Caucaus, 2014
Balky Caucaus, 2014
mixed media
12,1 x 12,7 x 7 cm
4.75 x 5 x 2.75 in.

Ghost Town, 2014
Ghost Town, 2014
mixed media
6,4 x 8,4 x 10 cm
2.5 x 3.25 x 4 in.

Sosumo, 2012
Sosumo, 2012
mixed media
7,6 x 17,7 x 8,2 cm
3 x 7 x 3,3 in.

Babe Magnate, 2012
Babe Magnate, 2012
mixed media
26 x 13,3 x 6,9 cm
10,3 x 5,3 x 2,8 in.

Indecent Docent, 2014
Indecent Docent, 2014
mixed media
14 x 10,8 x 13,3 cm
5.5 x 4.25 x 5.25 in.

Avant-Garage, 2014
Avant-Garage, 2014
mixed media
7,6 x 8,9 x 7,6 cm
3 x 3.5 x 3 in.

Monty Carlos, 2014
Monty Carlos, 2014
mixed media
10,2 x 9,1 x 10,8 cm
4 x 3.6 x 4.25 in.

New Julius, 1998
New Julius, 1998
ceramic
9,5 x 13 x 13 cm
3.54 x 5.12 x 5.12 in

Yellow and Pink, 1981
Yellow and Pink, 1981
mixed media
11,9 x 7,3 x 6,7 cm
4 5/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 5/8 in.




Born in San Francisco, California, in 1939


Ron Nagle makes small compositions of mysterious forms that invite contemplation and intense study and which defy and encompass traditional boundaries between ceramics, sculpture, and painting. Nagle is part of the Abstract Expressionist Ceramics movement led by Peter Voulkos.
Freely mixing clay with other techniques, his inspirations are as diverse as the origins of his artworks’ titles. His condensed pieces are highly evocative, evoking a range of emotional responses from sheer eroticism to visceral discomfort. Intertwining vices, the vocabularies of gluttony and lust easily mingle in describing Nagle’s dribbling bright and luscious drips of enamel, iridescent, pastel, and velvety surfaces, spilling holes, perforations, and folds. Each of his little sculpted clay objects are fragments of a small world, a miniature scene on which a small event has been captured. Every  little piece by Nagle tells a long story.