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Bertil Vallien (Swedish, b. 1938) Studio Art Glass Sculpture, late 20th century, cast frosted glass head set in a conforming glass box, signed "Kosta Boda B. Vallien 90035," ht. 3 1/2, wd. 4 1/4, dp. 3 1/8 in.
Note: Bertil Vallien is a contemporary Swedish artist, best known for his uncanny, ethereal, sand-cast glass sculptures. Born in 1938 in Sollentuna, Sweden, Vallien studied drawing early in his life at the Konstfack School of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm before pursuing an interest in ceramics throughout much of his youth. He entered the ceramics department at Konstfack in 1955 and subsequently pursued a career in industrial ceramic production, which lasted over a decade.
His works are mystical, coded representational forms that evoke the aesthetics of Primitivism, archeology, and ancient runes. Often featuring haunting faces or figural forms, Vallien's sculptures are manufactured through an industrial process originally intended for metalworking, melding material with process in complex ways that harken back to the Functionalism and the populist roots of Modernism. Vallien's work has gained international critical attention in recent years, leading to lecturing positions in the United States and Japan, and exhibitions at such institutions as Litvak Gallery in Tel Aviv and PAN in Amsterdam. (Artnet)
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