Paul Bellardo has forever been known for his realistic looking ceramic apples. Since New York City is known as The Big Apple, it was fitting that Paul offer these apples to customers in his New York City gallery. And sell apples, he did... Since that time, Paul has created his apples in every imaginable color. President Ronald Reagen was presented an apple that ended up having a prominent place in the White House. Paul's apples were even featured in the 1988 film, Torch Song Trilogy. Paul presented Elizabeth Taylor with a violet apple to match her beautiful eyes!
Paul Bellardo was born in Hartford, Conn. on February 5, 1924. While stationed in the South during the army in 1945, Paul accidentally stumbled into the Young Men's Hebrew Association ceramics studio in New Orleans. That experience was truly the beginning of Paul's life-long passion. He went on from there to graduate from the Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts with the highest honors, after a year of post graduate work and teaching for ten years at the Museum School. Among his many early accolades was a travel scholarship from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation for his ceramic creations.
Paul Bellardo's first one-man-show was in 1965 at the DeCordova Museum of Fine Arts in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It was at this showing that 18 pieces of Paul's work were purchased by Walter P. Chrysler for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. This success was quickly followed by shows at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, and the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts.
Paul opened his own ceramics studio - shop - and gallery in Provincetown, Mass. Paul's major claim to fame, however, was for a record-breaking 35 years as owner of a landmark gallery of contemporary arts and crafts in New York City's West Village.
Unfortunately, Bellardo Ltd. was closed permanently when Paul decided it was time to retire. That was indeed a sad day for an entire generation of New Yorker's who knew and loved Paul and his neighborhood gallery.
Today, Paul's creations are in private collections worldwide; as well as in several prestigious museums. Most recently, several pieces of Paul's work were acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art, as a part of their permanent collection.
Country of Origin: United States.
Size: 3 1/2" diameter; 4 1/2" tall.
Marks/Signatures: "Bellardo Ltd" "Anderson 1983" ***
Condition: Very Good.
***We are not certain who "Anderson" is. This might have been the name of the person for whom this apple was created, or it might have been an artist working for Bellardo at the time.
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