ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gail Goldsmith has been creating figurative clay sculpture for more than 20 years. Her subject matter has sources in children's toys, portrait faces, and in memory. Her sculptures convey a wide range of emotions.
Work varies in size from a few inches to several feet tall. Made in stoneware clay, it is suitable for outdoor, as well as indoor placement and can be very attractive as garden sculpture or on a terrace.
Gail Goldsmith has exhibited extensively in New York and New England. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, Manhattanville College, the Anderson Gallery and The New Bedford Museum.
She received her BFA from Denver University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her studio is located in lower Manhattan.
Writing for a recent exhibit at the Elizabeth Foundation in New York city, critic Judy Collischan states:
"There is a nobility about the massive and rough stoneware figures fashioned by Gail Goldsmith. Hers is an emotional, psychologically potent statement delivered directly through the means of cast forms, impressed patterns, and slab construction.
"Generally, she leaves intact the reddish brown clay color as well as evidences of thick, flat planes that have been bent, cracked, or torn in the process. This roughness heightens the immediate impact of these creatures and enhances their enigmatic presence. Appearing solemn and stalwart, dauntless and determined, these personages each possess a unique temper and identity."