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Duane Reed Gallery
Saint Louis

Paul Dresang

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When first encountering Dresang’s work you immediately think that a house painter, plumber or technician has temporarily downed tools for a coffee break -and you might walk on by to the next exhibit-you’d be wrong to do so. Stay a while and you’ll be rewarded. The work functions as both a mind bendingly accurate hyperealistic trick of the eye and a labor of intense love. “In either context, this work also takes on a familiar or accessible form and is meant to encourage a narrative for the viewer.” The initial “wow!” factor of analysing how Dresang accomplishes these illusionistic textures is only the start of the visual process by which the artist demands time and attention from the audience: “I choose to educe them through the intricate, formal, trompe l’oeil details of the work. I hope they will want to touch it – need to touch it. I want my work to provide the ultimate lure of the object and I am finished and most satisfied only when they too are hooked.”


1974  MFA, Ceramics, University of Minnesota

Public Collections

The Eccles Museum, Logon UT
The Frederick R Wiesman Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte NC
The Racine Art Museum, Racine WI
The Renwick Gallery, National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Southern Illinois University, Permanent Collection, Edwardsville IL
The Tai Pei County Ceramics Museum, Tai Pei, Taiwan

Selected Exhibition

2010    Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2009    Homegrown, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
            NCECA National Conference, Tempe, AZ
2006    “Trick of the Eye:  Trompe l’oeil Sculpture, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Ceramic Invitational, Group Exhibition, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
            Sculptural Objects Functional Art Exposition, (SOFA) The Seventh Regiment Armory at 67th Street, New York, N.Y.
            “Teapots:  Universal Adoration”, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
            “An Extravagance of Salt and Pepper:  Container/Shakers/Concepts,  Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
            SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier Represented by Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Lennox MA
            “Yixing Effect” Traveling Exhibit, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
            “Vitamin C:  Its Good for You”, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL
2005    “Endless Variations:  Shino Review” (NCECA), Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
            “SOFA Expo:  Functional Work”, Chicago Navy Pier, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
            “Ceramic Trompe L’oeil Exhibition”, Contemporary  Art Center of Peoria, Peoria, IL
            “National Ceramic Invitational”, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
            “White” and “Box”, Exhibitions  at Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2004    “International Art Teapot Exhibition”, Tai Pai, Taiwan
            “Art to Use:  Functional Clay”, Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            “Natural Selection”, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            “Teapots:  object to Subject”, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
            “American Pottery Festival 2004”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            “Move Invitational:  All Media”, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
            “New Works  at the RAM”, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI


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St. Louis, MO 63108
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