Arthur Handy

The area I’m interested in is an area I suppose would interest a physicist, in terms of weight, density, how things go together, softness, hardness, which we really have no way of projecting verbally, but I think can be communicated and projected visually, because the visual is a language. It has very little to do, I hope, with aesthetics.”

– Arthur Handy, 1977

The sculptor Arthur Handy gained renown in the 1960s for his extraordinary ceramic sculptures. With these large, heavy and highly sensual works, Handy tested the technical and aesthetic boundaries of his material.

Handy graduated in 1960 with a BFA and MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He came to Canada that same year to head the Ceramics department at the Ontario College of Art and soon began exhibiting his work. By 1967, Handy was experimenting with other materials, such as fiberglass, steel and wood, but he returned to ceramics in 1984. Later work includes a series of drawings on Mylar.

Arthur Handy taught at numerous universities and art colleges. Works include Aphrodite Yawns.