Maija Peeples-Bright came of age in the ‘60’s in the company of the grand masters of the Funk Art movement who often hung out at her home, the “Rainbow House”, the San Francisco Victorian she fabulously embellished inside and out. Ceramic artist and sculptor, David Gilhooly placed Maija Peeples-Bright front and center of his 1981 ceramic piece, the Candy Store Memorial Ark, created in celebration of the Candy Store Gallery, legendary in the history of Funk Art. Having shown her fantastic “beasties” at the Candy Store since the 60’s, Maija was in good company, surrounded by friends and fellow artists Roy De Forest, Peter Vandenberge, Robert Arneson, and Gilhooly, himself. In the decades since, she’s honed her own playfully spirited Funk Art aesthetic, expounding on her signature colorful wild kingdom imagery in an energetic studio practice that continues to this day.
Transmission Gallery will be showing artifacts of Maija Peeples-Bright’s life, such as a vintage Rainbow House curtain, circa 1968, and funk art ceramic lamps used in her home alongside paintings, works on paper and ceramic works dating from 1964 to 2016.
Peeples-Bright was born in Latvia, enduring a childhood of hardship in refuge camps during the war. When she was eight her family moved to California and as a young student at UC Davis she embarked on a degree in mathematics. In her third year at Davis she discovered her creative passion and switched majors to study with noted artists Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley and Robert Arneson, earning her masters in 1964. Today, her work can be found in many public and private collections as well as in permanent museum collections such as the Crocker Art Museum, in Sacramento, and the La Jolla Museum of La Jolla, California, among others.
Maija Peeples-Bright: Beyond the Candy Store
Exhbition Dates: April 1 – May 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1st 6 – 9pm
770 West Grand Avenue