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Untitled

Artist
Frank Matranga
Year
1976
Artwork Type
Mural
Media & Support
Ceramic
Department
Public Library
Location
View Park Bebe Moore Campbell Library
3854 West 54th Street
Los Angeles, CA
District
2
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Location

Latitude: -118.341297 - Longitude: 33.992793
Image: Untitled

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Description

Frank Matranga’s artwork is found at the entryway to the library. Composed in earth tones in ceramic and glass tile, the piece features vertical curvilinear forms. The bulbous shapes are meant to evoke expressions of the sea and sea creatures like clams, mussels, and jellyfish.



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.