ABOUT

Sergei Isupov

(b. 1963, Stavrapole, Russia, lives in MA)

Isupov graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia in 1990 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. In 1994 he immigrated to the United States. Isupov has a long international resume with work included in numerous collections and exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX), Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Racine Art Museum (WI) and Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MA).

His work is featured in numerous books, catalogs and magazines including Postmodern Ceramics, Sex Pots: Eroticsm in Ceramics, The Ceramic Surface; Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft; Confrontational Ceramics. He teaches workshops and lectures internationally at museums, universities and art centers. Recent residencies include Archie Bray Foundation, Helena (MT), The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary and Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark.

In 2001 was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. He works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using stains and clear glaze.

STATEMENT
“I am a student of the universe and a participant in the harmonic chaos of contrasts and opposites: dark – light; male – female; good – evil. Working instinctually and using my observations, I create a new, intimate universe that reveals the relationships, connections and contradictions as I perceive them. I find clay to be the most versatile material and it is well suited to the expression of my ideas. I consider my sculptures to be a canvas for my paintings. All the plastic, graphic and painting elements of a piece function as complementary parts of the work.”
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
“Directions,” Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
2017
“Sergei Isupov: Selections from Hidden Messages,” Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
2016
“Sergei Isupov: Hidden Messages,” Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
“Head On,” de Menil Gallery, Groton School, Groton, MA
FIREFEST, STARworks, Star, NC
2015
“Sergei Isupov,” Kasher | Potamkin, New York, NY
2014
“Promenade,” Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov,” Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
“New Work: Sergei Isupov,” Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Sergei Isupov,” Ferrin Contemporary at Independent Art Projects, North Adams, MA
“Here and There,” International Biennial of the Vallauris Institute, Hôtel de Ville, Vallauris, France
“Here and There, solo exhibition, HOP Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2013
“Call of the Wild,” Barry Friedman Gallery Ltd., New York, NY
“Here and There,” HOP Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2010
“He + She,” Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY
“Firmly Standing,” Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia

2009
“Androgyny,” Solo Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; Daum Museum of Art, Sedalia, MO

2008
“Androgyny,” The Preview, Solo Exhibition: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing; Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2007
“Sculpture, Painting, Drawing,” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, and Pittsfield, MA

2003
“Sculpture,” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

1995
Solo Exhibition, Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Solo Exhibition, Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinatti, OH

1993
Solo Exhibition, Mosabaka Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Solo Exhibition, Vasa Gallery, Falun, Sweden

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
(Upcoming)  “About  Face,”  Montgomery  Museum  of  Fine  Arts,  Montgomery,  Alabama
2018
“Masters  in  Craft,”  Strohl  Art  Center,  Chautauqua  Institute,  Chautauqua,  NY
“Animal Kingdom,” William Baczek Gallery, Northampton, MA
2017
“Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational,” Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Alice in Wonderland,” Guldagergaard, Skælskør, Denmark
“Alice in Wonderland,” Officinesaffi, Milan, Italy
2016
“EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes,” Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
“Selected Work from Current Projects,” Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
NCECA pre-conference, exhibition & workshop, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS
“Recent American Ceramics from the Collection,” Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO
“GrowlerFest,” Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

2015
“Selfies: 50 at 50,” Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas
“Fashion in Art,” Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA
“Convergence and Transcendence,” Icheon Special Exhibition at “Color: Ceramic Spectrum,” Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2015, Republic of Korea
“Of Earth + Sea: Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection,” New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA
“Family Affair: Sergei Isupov, Kadri Parnamets, Roosi Parnamets,” Independent Art Projects, North Adams, MA
“Revealing Identity,” Concord Art Association, Concord, MA2015
“ErotiCLAY,” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia
“Selected Works from Current Projects,” Ferrin Contemporary at Independent Art Projects, North
Adams, MA
“Selected Works from Current Projects,” Ferrin Contemporary, New York Ceramics Fair & Glass
Fair, New York, NY
“Everything is All White,” Kasher | Potamkin, New York, NY
“Immersion: Becoming You,” Kate Shin Gallery, Waterfall Mansion, New York, NY
“InCiteful Clay,” touring exhibition, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS, CSU
Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

2014
“Intangible Beauty: Beautiful Women and the Endless Void,” Kasher | Potamkin, New York, NY
“Craft Matters,” Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
“Promenade,” Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
“InCiteful Clay,” touring exhibition, Foosaner Art Museum, Mebourne, FL, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT
“Collaboration and Revelation,” Kohler Arts and Industry 40th Anniversary Exhibition, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
“TEN-IN-ONE,” Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
“Contemporary Figure,” Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
“Body Language,” Albany International Airport, Albany, NY
“The Bacchanalistas: Passions + Pleasure,” Bohemian Hall, New York, NY

2013
“Body and Soul,” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
“Clay Bodies,” Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY
“Animal Stories,” Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
SOFA: CHICAGO, presented by Barry Friedman, Chicago, IL

2012
“Clay & Prints, 8 artists 2 medium,” Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
“Covet,” Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Heated Exchange, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL

2011
“Pursuit of Porcelain”, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Art Miami, presented by Ferrin Gallery, Miami, FL
“Collective Minds: Selections from the Contemporary Ceramic Collection of Patrick Doust and
Richard North,” Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, IL
“Claybodies: Reinterpreting the Figure,” Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
“Luminous Impressions: Selections from Littleton Studios,” The Art Galleries, Florida Gulf Coast
University, Fort Myers, FL

2010
“The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories,” Albany Institute, Albany, NY
“Nude in Chicago,” Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Different Lines: Drawings by Craft Artists,” Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
“Couples,” Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
“The Hermaphrodites: Living In Two Worlds,” Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“Transcending the Figure: Contemporary Ceramics,” The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
“Corporeal Manifestations,” Mutter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
“Illumination,” Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA

2009
“Figuration to Fragmentation: The Human Form in Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture,” Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
“The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories,” Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
“Steeped in History: The Art of Tea,” Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

2008
“Voices,” 2008 NCECA Invitational Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA
“Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection,” Museum of Arts + Design, New York, NY

2007
“Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft,” Selections from the Wornick Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: A Gift to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

2006
“Harvey K. Littleton and Friends: A Legacy of Transforming Object, Image and Idea,” Western Carolina University Museum of Fine Art, Dullowhee, NC
Resident and Invited International Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation: North Gallery, Helena, MT
“Surface Tension,” JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, South Australia
“Life Insight: The Human Experience,” The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY
“The Body Ceramic,” Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
“The Edges of Grace: Provocative, Uncommon Craft,” Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2005
“The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection,” Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Curator, Garth Clark
“A Tale to Tell,” John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Transformations: the Language of Craft,” National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
“120 Definitions of Temptation,” Korea Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005, International Invitational Exhibition, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju City, Republic of Korea
“30 Ceramic Sculptors,” John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
“Portraiture: Patron, Artist, Subject,” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
“House of Wonder: Surrealism + Still Life + Objects of Curiosity,” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
“Terra Sutra: Erotica II,” Montage Gallery, Baltimore, MD
“Excess: A Group Exhibition,” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
“Faunatical: Ceramic Artists and the Forms of Nature,” 35th Annual Ceramics Exhibition, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI
“Particles of Passion: The Art of Clay,” Academy of Art Museum, Easton, MD

2004
“Standing Room Only,” Scripps 60th Ceramic Annual, Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
“A Family of Artists,” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
“New Prints 2004,″ International Print Center New York, NY

2003
“Triennial 9 Form and Content: Corporal Identity,” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY & Museum fur Angewandte, Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
“Trans-Mission,” Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, GA
“Short Stories,” Ferrin Galley, Lenox, MA
“Subject-Me-Object,” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
“Vivat! Chamotte,” Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
“Clay Works: American Ceramics from the Everson Museum of Art,” USB Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, NY
“Being Human: The Figure Expressed,” Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Erotic Life of Clay – Sex Pots,” San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2002
“Tastefully Tawdry,” Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“Major Figures: Group Show of Figural Ceramics,” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
“The Figure in Ceramic,” Lewis & Clark College; Portland, OR; Catalogue
“Figural Ceramics,” Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
“Big Head: Ceramic Sculpture on a Heroic Scale,” Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, TX
“Biological Mutiny,” Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
“Terra Sutra: 21st Century Erotic Ceramics,” Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, MO
“Being Human: The Figure Expressed,” Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Modern Bestiary: Artists View the Animal Kingdom,” Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

2001
“American Ceramic Art at the New Millenium,” World Ceramics Exposition, Seoul, Korea; Catalogue
“Clay 2001,” Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
National Clay Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
“Erotica in Ceramic Art II,” Gallery Camino Real; Boca Raton, FL
31st Annual Ceramics Exhibit, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
“Expressing the Human Form,” Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
“Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection,” Mint Museum of Craft + Design; Charlotte, NC

2000
Everson Ceramic National, The 30th Ceramic National Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Catalogue
“Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950 – 2000,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Catalogue
“Masterworks from the Collection, Mint Museum of Craft & Design,” Charlotte, NC; Catalogue
“Confrontational Clay: The Artist as Social Critic,” A Touring Exhibit with Exhibits USA curated by Judith Schwartz; University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, January 2000 – October 2001; Catalogue
“Bridge VI,” Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
“New Sculpture,” Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
“Body Parts,” Group Show, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
“The Nude in Clay II,” Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, Wustum Museum of Fine Art,
Racine WI, curator Karen Johnson Boyd

1998
“Self Portraiture in Contemporary Art,” Group Show, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
“5th Scripps Ceramic Annual,” Scripps College, Claremont, CA, curator Cindy Kolodziejski
“Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award,” Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand, Juror Torbjorn Kvasbo
“To Have and To Hold,” Spruill Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Dress Up,” Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

1997
“New Clay,” Two Person Show, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“All Figural: Many Media,” Contemporary Art from the Kamm Collection, California State University, Northridge, CA
“Go Figure: A National Ceramic Invitational,” Montgomery College, curator Kevin Hluch, Rockville, MD

1996
“Altered States: Contemporary American Ceramics,” Denver Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO
“Bags and Baggage: New Form/New Function,” Arrowmont School for the Arts, Juror, Ruth Cloudman, Gatlinburg, TN

1993
International Art Expo, Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea
International Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russia
International Symposium, Kecskemet, Hungary
“From Dreams to Reality,” Northern European Art, traveling the Baltic’s, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark

1992
“Eastern European Ceramics,” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Traveling USA

1990
“New Soviet Art,” Fourth Dimension Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“USSR Ceramists,” Charity Exposition, Hammer Center, Moscow
Oslo International Ceramics Symposium, Norway

ARTICLES
2013 Ceramics: Art and Perception  – “Breaking Through Illusions”
Artist Profile By David Jones

2012 Ceramics: Art and Perception – “The Pursuit of Porcelain”
Group Show Review By Colette Copeland

2010 Ceramics: Art and Perception – “Transplanted and Transformed”
Artist Profile (with Akio Takamori)By Judith Schwartz

December 15, 2010 “He + She” The Ceramics of Sergei Isupov
Artist Profile By Bobbie Leigh

August 7, 2010 Sergei Isupov: Estonia’s Daily News
Artist Profile By Tanel Veenre

July 25, 2009 Financial Times – “Nature is Right Outside My Door”
Artist Profile By Sonya Bekkerman

November 5, 2006 Chicago Tribune – “Art Show a Study in Body Language”
SOFA Chicago 2006 Review By Mary Daniels

2001 Sergei Isupov, Essay By Susan Barry

1999 Erotica in Ceramic Art: Sexual, Sensual & Suggestive, Exhibition Article By Leon Nigrosh

Whirlwind Unguarded Love Teapot, Essay By Timothy Anglin Burgard

WORKSHOPS
2018
Figure – Ground: Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov, Project Art, Cummington, MA
Figure – Ground: Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov, Project Art, Tallinn, Estonia
2017
Figure – Ground: Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov, Project Art, Cummington, MA
Master Potter Series: Sergei Isupov “Layered in Surreality,” Workshop, Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
Lecture, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Lecture, Sierra Nevada College, Holman Arts and Media Center, Incline Village, NV

2016
NCECA Pre-conference Workshop, Providence, RI
Visiting Artist Workshop, Community Clay Association at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

2015
Artist-in-Residence and workshop presenter, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

2014
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, Lecture and Juror of annual exhibition

2012-3
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskø, Denmark

2012
February 16 – 19, Alabama Clay Conference, Birmingham, AL
March 16 – 18, Travel Arte, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
April 21, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

2009
Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

2008
James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Workshop: Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO
James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Lecture, Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

2007 
International Ceramics Studio, Artist Residency, Kecskemet, Hungary
Estonia, University of Tallinn, Artist in Residence

2006
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Artist Talk
JamFactory, Adelaide, South Australia, Artist in Residence
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Artist in Residence, International Symposium
Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, Figurative Sculpture in Porcelain, three-week session

2005
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art
Yixing Conference, Yixing, China, Guest Artist

2004
Hawaii Craftsmen Society, Honolulu, HI
Kawai Crafts Guild, Kawai, HI

2003
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company, Kohler, WI
Artist in Residence, Littleton Studios, Spruce Pine, NC
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, Workshop Presentation
Santa Fe Clay; Santa Fe, NM; Visiting Artist
American Craft Council Southeast Regional Conference, Longwood College, Farmville, VA, Workshop Presentation

2001
NCECA, Charlotte, NC, demonstrating artist
State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

2000
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Workshop Presentation
Figurative Sculpture in Porcelain, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, Two-week session
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, Ceramic National Panel
Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL, Lecture and Demonstration
Carnegie Museum of Art and Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, Lecture
Littleton Studios, Spruce Pine, NC

1999
workshop presentation, SOFA New York, NYC, Interview with Judith Schwartz University of Akron, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH,
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

1998
Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
New York University, New York, NY
Scripps College, Los Angeles, CA

1997 
Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Workshop Presentation, Washington DC
SOFA Miami 1997, Miami, FL, Slide Presentation

1996
Indiana State University Southeast, New Albany, IN

 

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