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Michael Frimkess Portrait

Michael Frimkess

Los Angeles, California 1937

Luce Artist Biography

Michael Frimkess was one of the youngest artists ever to study with ceramics master Peter Voulkos at the Otis Art Institute. Frimkess began to throw pots modeled on ancient Greek kraters after seeing these in museums. He updated their forms by decorating them with cartoonlike images that expressed his political feelings. In the early 1970s multiple sclerosis made it difficult for him to work, and his wife, Magdalena, began to paint the exteriors of the vessels he built.