My Heart is Clamoring

My Heart is Clamoring


David Gilhooly. My Heart is Clamoring, 2005.

Acrylic on paper, 23 x 31 in. (framed). Singular.


David Gilhooly, also known as David James Gilhooly III (April 15, 1943 - August 21, 2013), was an American ceramicist and printmaker. Known for his irreverent and loving ceramics, he worked in acrylic painting, plexiglas sculpture, and print. Gilhooly was an important founder of the Funk Art movement born out of Studio 8 at UC Davis with his colleagues Robert Arneson, Richard Shaw, Roy de Forest, Manuel Neri, Clayton Bailey, Bruce Conner, and William Wiley.

Born in Auburn, California, Gilhooly graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BA in 1965 and an MA in 1967. Gilhooly, with Robert Arneson, Peter Vandenberge, Chris Unterseher and Margaret Dodd, working together in TB-9 (temporary building 9) were what was later to be called, The Funk Ceramic Movement of the San Francisco Bay Area. David left TB-9 for one semester to become Manuel Neri's assistant and started making things out of lumber, fur, neon lights and asbestos shingles.

In 1969, Gilhooly took a teaching position at the University of Saskatchewan, in Regina, Canada. He followed this with seven years at York University, in Toronto, Canada.[2]

In 1982, Gilhooly started exploring the media of Plexiglas, but still produced a multitude of ceramic pieces. The Arizona State University Art Collections (Tempe, Arizona), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, California), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey), the Little Rock Art Center (Little Rock, Arkansas), the Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Canada), the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Florida), the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, California), the Palm Springs Desert Museum (Palm Springs, California), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), the San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, Texas), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, California), the San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, California), Stanford University (Palo Alto, California), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City) are among the public collections holding works by David Gilhooly.

Gilhooly died of complications related to cancer on August 21, 2013.

My Heart is Clamoring, 2005 (Acrylic on paper, 23 x 31 in. image, 25 x 33 in. frame), framed, is typical of David Gilhooly's concentration of artwork from the late 1990s to about 2007. He painted in an expressive, drip manner, using a fixed palette of black, green, and primary colors (blue, yellow, red) on paper. Using a stencil form, he cut the paintings into heart shapes, assembling and embellishing them in various manners on paper. This work is unusual because it was assembled on black paper.

The artwork was on exhibition at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California, and was later consigned to Micaela Gallery for the solo exhibition honoring David Gilhooly on January 2006. It was sold to a client, who has asked us to resell it for him. The work is in excellent condition, with clear signature and original black metal exhibition framing.