Two (2) Olen L. Bryant (American/Tennessee, 1927-2017) gilt sculptures. 1st item: Ceramic sculpture of a textured spherical head with closed-eye face, flared at seam nearly all the way around; head tilted upwards and to the side. Gilded on top half, with red-brown clay underneath. Incised signature "O'BRYANT" and illegible date to underside. Sculpture fits into a three-legged wrought iron stand. 8" H x 12" W x 9" D. Stand raises height to 10.5" H. 2nd item: Gilded ceramic figural sculpture of kneeling woman holding a baby in her arms. Unsigned. Mounted to a circular wood base. 6 1/4" H x 3 1/4" W. Biography: Born in Cookeville, TN, Bryant was a 1950 graduate of Murray State University and a 1954 graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. He additionally studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Institute in the Visual Arts in American Culture at the University of Delaware, and the Winterthur Museum in 1967. Bryant was a professor at Austin Peay State University from 1964 to 1991. Bryant's artwork is widely collected around the United States and is a part of several museum collections, including the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the Tennessee State Museum of Art, and the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville; and his works have been displayed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and at the Governor's Mansion during the Phil Bredesen administration. He was a founding member of the Nashville Artist Guild and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (source: Nashville Fine Arts Magazine & The Leaf Chronicle).
Provenance: Estate of Olen Bryant, Cottonwood/Clarksville, TN. A letter of authenticity and provenance from the artist's niece, who served as his studio assistant and personal representative for his estate, is available for this lot.
Both items in overall very good condition.