A Rut Bryk glazed stoneware relief, Arabia, Finland 1950's.
Signed 90/06 BRYK, 54,5 x 45,5 cm.
Some chips to rim.
Rut Bryk was a prominent Finnish ceramicist and visual artist, born in 1916 in Stockholm. She is considered a significant figure in Finland's modern art industry and had a long association with the porcelain factory Arabia.
Bryk studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and began her career as a graphic artist and illustrator. In the late 1930s, she started exploring weaving techniques by creating vibrant tapestries from rags. Alongside these, her hand-printed fabrics featuring picturesque plant and human motifs in linoleum cuts captivated audiences at art and industry exhibitions. Eventually, Bryk became intrigued by the possibilities of ceramics and was employed at the Arabia porcelain factory. In her early production, there were figurative depictions of people and animals executed in glaze painting and scratching on faience, a technique she learned from ceramist Birger Kaipiainen.
Rut Bryk's artistry became particularly distinctive when she began exploring reliefs. Her abstract, sculpture-like ceramic wall reliefs, composed of thousands of small tile parts, were cast in the factory from Bryk's models and formed the basis for her sophisticated works in the 1970s and 1980s. The reliefs' play of light and shadow creates a sense of something immaterial or three-dimensional in constant motion, often incorporating stories from childhood or experiences in nature that run as a common thread through Bryk's works.
In 1994, Bryk was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki. Her works are represented in several museums both in Finland and abroad.