For sale here is a miniature masterpiece of modernist copper enamel by pioneering enamel artist Gwendolyn Orsinger Anderson (1912-2013). Mounted on an oakwood base, this copper enamel artwork is of a Running Man in what looks like Renaissance clothing. Here's a short biography of the artist that I found online...
Gwendolyn Anderson, world-renowned artist and enamelist was born on May 31, 1912, in Riverside, Illinois, daughter of Lee Vincent Orsinger and Hazel Jeannette Fader Orsinger. She graduated from the University of Illinois and went on to teach English in Pekin, Illinois. She was proud to be a charter member of Chapter U (VA) of P.E.O., an organization dedicated to the education of women. Gwen married John Anderson, and together they raised their two children Warren Earl and Lynne Jeanette Anderson, in Mclean, Virginia. Gwen began her artistic career in watercolors, inspired and encouraged by her parents. Combining her loves of art and travel, she made several trips to Europe, roaming the countryside in a Volkswagen Beetle painting landscapes. Her artwork was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and other galleries, both public and private. Gwen was a partner at The Artists’ Mart in Georgetown. In the early 1950’s, Gwen discovered enameling and embarked on a lifelong journey of learning, creating, exploring and teaching this art form. She was a self-taught artist, experimenting and developing new and creative enameling techniques. Throughout her lifetime, Gwen held numerous one-woman shows and garnered multiple awards. She readily shared her passion with others, and in 1956 became the first craftswoman to teach enameling in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. While pursuing her career as an enamelist, Gwen continued to teach both throughout the United States and in multiple foreign countries, including China where she was honored by an invitation to teach her specialty, the Grisaille technique. In 1973, Gwen organized the first enamelist guild in the United States, the National Enamelists Society. Gwen always met challenges with creativity and determination so it was no surprise she found herself as part of the team of artist volunteers and city personnel in 1974, opening the doors of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. She was a founding member of the Enamelists Gallery located in the art center, and continued to work at the gallery over the next 30 years. Gwen never grew tired of exploring new horizons. She continued traveling the world, visiting over 100 countries, drawing inspiration from the people and cultures. Gwen combined education and travel through participation in the Elder hostel program. Always eager for new adventures, at age 80 she joined Global Volunteers and traveled over the next several years teaching English and building schools for children in Viet Nam, Turkey, Greece and other countries.
This artwork measures 4-3/4" by 3-5/8" at the outer edges of the wood section, the copper enamel section measures 2-7/8" diameter, and weighs 180 grams total. I've included a screen grab of a short bio of the artist in the photos section. For an artist who worked for so many years, her artworks are relatively scarce and no doubt unique one of a kind pieces. This is a particularly fine example! Hand-etched signature at back, "Orsini 1977". Excellent vintage condition with just fine light wear as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
Gwendolyn Orsinger Anderson ORSINI 1977 RUNNING MAN Handmade Copper Enamel on Wood Wall Mounted ARTWORK
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