David James Gilhooly

American (1943 - 2013)

David James Gilhooly was an American ceramic artist.
Based on ArtValue.ca records, David James Gilhooly's estimated art value is C$5,000 (*)

David James Gilhooly's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$2,500 - C$5,000, or even much higher.

From ArtValue.ca records, the highest price paid at auction for a ceramic work attributed to David James Gilhooly (1943-2013) was C$4,500 - paid for "Two Works" at Heffel in Vancouver on Thu, Jan 31, 2019.
ArtValue.ca has 21 auction art sale records for their ceramic results, with prices in the range of C$2,500 to C$5,000.

Saskatchewan NAC Auction House Biography and Notes

David Gilhooly was born in 1943 in Auburn, California. His family moved frequently, and he lived in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where he graduated from high school. An interest in biology took him to the University of California at Davis, but he decided to study art after taking a ceramics class with Robert Arneson. After graduating in 1965, Gilhooly went on to complete his Master's degree in 1967, then taught watercolour painting at San Jose State University, while experimenting with media including paper mache and fake fur. During this time Gilhooly, along with Robert Arneson, Peter Vandenberge, Chris Unterseher, and Margaret Dodd, established California's Funk Ceramic Movement, a counterculture art movement that incorporated humour and surrealism into ceramic works. Gilhooly moved to Regina in 1969 to teach ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan's Regina Campus. Gilhooly shared a studio with fellow instructor Joe Fafard, who appreciated and was influenced by Gilhooly's work. It was in Regina that Gilhooly developed his FrogWorld project, which comprised a series of ceramic frogs as historical figures. He also created two ceramic baboons and named them after the then department chair and his wife, an act that may have contributed to his dismissal from the University of Saskatchewan. Gilhooly moved to Toronto in 1971, where he taught at York University until 1977 (and spent one year away, teaching at University of California at Davis). During this time, he began making ceramic vegetables and other food items. In 1978, he moved to Calgary, and he exhibited with the Downstairs Gallery in Edmonton, and returned to California in 1982. Gilhooly then turned to plexiglass and engravings on paper, though he did continue to occasionally create clay work. Gilhooly's work has been exhibited since the 1970s in Canada, the U.S., and Japan. He received several commissions, including from the city of Seattle to create Seattle's Own Ark (installed at the Woodland Park Zoo) and a ceramic mural called The Breadwall for a government building in Calgary, Alberta. David Gilhooly died in Newport, Oregon. in 2013 at age 70.

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