Do you ever come across an artist so incredible - one who has been around for so many years - and find yourself wondering what rock you've been living under? Why is it just now, at age 29, that I'm just discovering the work of Waylande Gregory?
Well maybe it's because he was born in 1905, and after his death in 1971, his name was sadly forgotten by the art world. However, in his day, he was the highest-paid sculptor in the world, having more than 172 major national museum exhibitions in 11 countries. I found one article that suggested he created over 7,000 pieces of sculpture in his lifetime!
Lucky for us, fashion entrepreneur Bryan Downey (who is actually the great-great nephew of Waylande Gregory), recently teamed up with Mickey Rosmarin (owner of Texas-founded boutique, Tootsies) to create a collection of reproductions and contemporary adaptations of Waylande Gregory's pieces. I personally think his mission - to reinstate his great-great uncle's name as one of the most talented sculptors - is a HUGE success. After all, look at these pieces! I want EVERY. SINGLE . ONE!
And here are some of his original pieces, now found on 1st Dibs:
A. Flowering Cactus B.) Striped Swans C.) Unnamed Bowl D.) Etched Bowl
You can shop Waylande Gregory's new collection online at Michael C. Fina, or visit the store list to see if there's one in your city. (Dallasites, the entire collection is for sale at Forty Five Ten!)
Had you heard of Waylande Gregory before? What do you think of his great-great nephew modifying his pieces for today's tastes?