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Untitled

Artist
Frank Matranga
Year
1971
Artwork Type
Mural
Media & Support
Ceramic
Dimensions
10 ft.x 12 ft.* (3 x 3.7 m)
Department
Public Library
Location
La Cañada Flintridge Library
4545 North Oakwood Avenue
La Cañada Flintridge, CA
District
5
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Location

Latitude: -118.194023 - Longitude: 34.202915
Image: Untitled

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Description

Visitors to the La Cañada Flintridge Library encounter a large ceramic tile mural by Frank Matranga as they enter the building. The mural features abstract forms that gracefully interlock in a beautiful display of soft shapes and muted colors. This was one of the artist’s first large-scale tile murals and, like many of his other works, is inspired by the movement of the wind and sea.

About the Artist

Frank Matranga received his BA and MA from Los Angeles State University.  While working on his MA, he was offered a job teaching ceramics at a local high school.  This led him to discover a lifelong love affair with clay.  He completed his master’s degree in art and later studied at the University of Southern California under Carlton Ball.  In 1961 he started his own ceramic studio in Redondo Beach (later moved to Manhattan Beach) and began to teach in the Los Angeles Community College system, which he would do for the next twenty years.
His public art career began in 1970 when Sears, Roebuck, and Company commissioned him to create seven murals for Sears stores in the Southern California area.  In the following decades he has completed over 50 ceramic mural commissions for libraries, private companies, and homes.  In 1977 and 1979 he was invited to be an artist in residence in Japan, where he exhibited at the American Embassy Gallery in Tokyo.  His work has also been shown in Australia and Germany.