Incredibly Beautiful, Vintage Original rare fine art painted ceramic tile by the legendary ceramic artist Harris g Strong (1920-2006)..
Titled in pencil "Lion 1" and hand signed in pencil by the artist, this 3D framed tile is an unusual piece for this mid century modernist artist.
Featuring a gorgeous gold Lion striding in front of a white brick wall,. This is one tile, the details of the white brick wall, the protruding 3D effect of the lion, is just amazing!
Housed in a beautiful line carved wood frame behind glass, this ceramic wall hanging still bears the original Harris G Stong Bar Harbor Maine label on verso.
In frame this art piece measures 28" across, 23 1/8" high, 2" deep. Weighs 14 pounds. Beautiful condition.
A brief bio of Harris G Strong:
Harris Strong was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1920. His aunt owned a greeting card company, and that influenced him to become an artist. He also had a strong scientific bent, so he was meticulous about the "engineering" of his tiles, which featured many innovations when competitors were creating "pie plates," in his own dismissive works.
During the war, he was a cryptographer, working directly under General Douglas MacArthur during World War II. Afterward, he studied ceramics* and the chemistry of ceramic glazes at North Carolina State University. Then he worked in Brooklyn, New York at Kelby Pottery.
Later his own business really took off. He had showrooms in Chicago, New York and Tokyo… he created a 30' long free-standing ceramic tile mural for the Waldorf-Astoria in York City, which remains in place. One friend said he was the first to ever show art at a home furnishings show.
He loved, and sang Gilbert & Sullivan, collected stamps, and played bridge. In 1970, Strong relocated to Trenton, Maine.
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