Gouache and pencil on heavy, high quality paper, 4 3/4" by 15", unframed, signed at lower right in pencil "SHIRE" and dated there "9-19 2001" by the noted contemporary sculptor, ceramicist, designer and painter PETER SHIRE (1947-). This complex modern drawing is imaginative, colorful, three dimensional, and whimsical, and could only have been created by a true artist. Shire was becoming known on the art scene with his now famous teapot sculptures in the early 1980's, attracting the attention of Memphis figure Ettore Sottsass. He was invited to Italy, to meet with industrial designers and craftspeople who introduced him to new media and techniques. Shire continues to create works of art, including public art. The median strip in West Hollywood, California is host to large and colorful sculpture creations by the artist, and his works are displayed at numerous other locations in Los Angeles and especially Echo Park, where Shire lives and maintains a studio. Works sell at modern auctions in Europe and America and are included in prestigious museums, including the Victoria and Albert in London. See the net for more information on Shire. including several other drawings by Shire.
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