Lefebvre & Fils is pleased to announce That Obscure Object Of Desire, the third exhibition of ceramics by the American artist Jay Kvapil.
Jay Kvapil uses a long and meticulous method called "Crater Glazed", mixing pure forms and the complexity of several firing, producing a tension sublimated by multicolored enamels. His work is now part of the French Collection at the National Museum of Ceramic of Sèvres.
Jay Kvapil was born in 1951, lives and works at Long Beach, California.
In 1973, Jay Kvapil received a diploma in Arts and Aesthetics from the University of Pacific. Between 1974 and 1975, Jay Kvapil traveled to Japan where he studied tea ceremony ceramics at Takatori Seizan Pottery on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan, achieving the rank of Journeyman Potter. After his return to the United States, Kvapil received his Masters and his MFA from San Jose State University, respectively in 1979 and 1981. In 1982, Kvapil served as Conference Director for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in San Jose.
For more than 30 years, Kvapil has been teaching at the California State University, Long Beach as a Professor of Art. He has also served there as Director of the School of Art and as Associate Dean and Interim Dean for it’s Arts college for more than twelve years.
He is currently a Member of the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, where he previously served as Board Member and Treasurer. Jay Kvapil is a Californian artist whose work has been shown at various prestigious national and international institutions such as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, Scripps College, the San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco State University and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.