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Cheryl Tall

                                                                                  "Osirus", 2010, 37x18x16", architectural clay, glaze, slip and oxides


Artist's Bio

Cheryl Tall studied art at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, BFA, l974, and at the University of Miami, Miami, FL, MFA, 1995. Her present studio is Southern California, where she creates her large-scale sculpture and paintings, and teaches art classes. Tall’s primary medium is clay, coil built into large figurative sculptures and wall pieces. She also works with mixed media, oil and acrylic painting, and printmaking.

Tall’s work focuses on the relationships between people and their surroundings, especially their homes or workplaces. Her subject matter often includes architectural and figurative elements. Influences include Surrealism, Expressionism, Pop Art, Lowbrow and Funk Art, Romanesque Medieval art, folk art, mythology and Primitive Art. Influential artists include Robert Arneson, Shepard Farrey, Andy Goldsworthy, Viola Frey, Adrian Arleo, Paul Klee, Giorgio De Chirico, Oskar Kokoschka and Giselbertus.

Her work has been published in 20 books: 500 Figures in Clay, Living Coastal, Summation: The Merging of Art and Poetry, Ceramics Today, The Ceramic Design Book, Surface Design, Making Marks, 500 Ceramic Figures, 500 Animals, 500 Dolls, Confrontational Ceramics, Winged Manor, 500 Vases, The ACGA Book, No More Starving Artists, Handmade Dolls, American Art Collector, 500 Paper Objects, and Sole Purpose: Ceramic Shoes


She has won numerous awards and is in museum collections. Collectors include the King-Size Ceramic Museum, Shanghai, China; International Workshop of Ceramic Arts, Tokoname, Japan; The Ceramic Research Center, University of Arizona, Tempe, AZ; Gangjin International Ceramic Museum, Gangjin, Korea; Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne, FL; Burroughs Chapin Museum of Art, SC; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; Munchkin Int., Beverly Hills, CA, Lorenz Advertising Agency, San Diego, CA , Penn State College, PA, and Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.


Tall’s art has been influenced by Art Residencies in Canada, Japan, Greece, France, Hungary, Korea, Mexico and the United States.  An early childhood steeped in fantasy, due to her family’s employment at Disney World, has given her work a colorful sense of animation and humor.





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San Diego, CA

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