Kenyon College

David Gilhooly (American, 1943-2013)


David Gilhooly was active in the funk-art movement centered in the San Franscisco Bay area and the University of California, Davis in the 1960s and 70s. His work consists primarily of ceramic sculptures of anthroporphic frogs as well as food, planets, and fantasy creatures. Fellow funk-artist and University of California, Davis student and professor Roy De Forest was a large influence on Gilhooly. His frogs center around references to history, pop culture, Classical mythology and early Christian ideology. David Gilhooly received his Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Davis where he continued to earn his Masters of Arts. In addition to teaching at his alma mater, Gilhooly has held brief positions at California State University, Sacramento; York University in Ontario, Canada; University of Saskachewan, and San Jose State College. His funk-art ceramics are in the collections of the Australia National Council in Canberra, Australia; the National Gallery in Ottawa, Canada; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Image: Courtesy David Gilhooly.



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