Discover northern California's best kept secret in design and craft: J.B. Blunk (1926–2002), a mid-century artist whose connection to nature governed his daily life. Inspired by Japanese philosophies of nature and art's inseparability, and influenced by rural utopian communities, Blunk's muse and often his source of materials was the beautiful natural environment of Inverness, California. His remarkable craftsmanship also took the form of large-scale public works of art, including The Planet, a redwood sculpture commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California in 1969. J.B. Blunk -- Nature, Art & Everyday Life brings together a comprehensive survey of the artist's works.
“Northern California’s best kept secret”—midcentury artist J. B. Blunk—is surveyed in this capacious exhibition featuring public art – including “The Planet,” a redwood sculpture commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California in 1969—as well as ceramics, handcrafted furniture and other functional objects inspired by Japanese philosophies on the inseparability of art and nature.