Viola Frey

Many people think of Viola Frey as a maker of ceramic objects.  Formerly trained as a painter, she studied with both Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko, Frey’s practice incorporated painting, drawing and even photography.  Frey was a cultural observer and her work reflected how she interpreted the world.   One core theme explored throughout her career was the social commentary on the power structure between male and female and the roles they played during her lifetime. This investigation is prescient today with the continued struggle for equal rights and the upward path to break the glass ceiling.   Her work was strongly influenced by her passion for art history, and her resulting imagery can often be viewed through this lens.

Junkyard Planet,  1970
Pink Lady  1973
“Seated Man with a Hand" 1975-1999
Phobia  1977
Three Graces  1979-1981
Untitled (Manikin Couple)  1980
Untitled (Man in Grey Suit in Red Room)  1982
Untitled (Nude Figures on Four Hinged Panels)  1982-1984
Untitled (Man in Suit with Nude and Figurines)  1984
“Untitled (Figure on Knees with Head Down on Folded Arms)” 1986
Untitled (Nude Figure Lying with Bird and Figurines)  1986-1987
Pink Lady  1990-1991
“Untitled (Female Nude with Yellow Bird)” 1990
“Artist’s Mind/Studio/World: Double Silhouette, Double Nude Women, Double Nude Men” 1990
“Untitled (Greek Hag, Brown Suited Man)” 1990
“Untitled (Studio Model Series)” 1990
Nude with Figurines  1992
“The Discussion I” 1994
“Untitled (W) Woman in Long Dress” 1995
“Western Civilization Diptych #1” 1997
“Untitled (Greek Hag, Brown Suited Man)” 1990
“Seated Man with a Hand" 1975-1999
“Artist’s Mind/Studio/World: Double Silhouette, Double Nude Women, Double Nude Men” 1990
“Western Civilization Diptych #1” 1997
“Untitled (W) Woman in Long Dress” 1995
“Untitled (Studio Model Series)” 1990
“Untitled (Figure on Knees with Head Down on Folded Arms)” 1986
“The Discussion I” 1994