Sterling Ruby unique 'Ceramic' sculpture could bring $47,100 in London sale

A number of contemporary artworks are auctioning in London tomorrow (February 17). Among the sale's leading lights is Sterling Ruby, a German born artist presently based in Los Angeles.

When Ruby isn't hanging out with hip fashion designers like Hedi Slimane, he's producing works like this piece from 2006: "Ceramic (Yellow/Red/Facial)".

"This work is unique" say the lot notes. Which isn't an understatement - Ceramic (Yellow/Red/Facial) is unlikely to appeal to fans of Rembrandt.

Nevertheless, the unique sculpture carries a £20,000-30,000 ($47,100) presale estimate.

The work is selling from a New York private collection. It will undoubtedly attract the interest of bidders across the globe, especially considering that at least one critic considers Ruby to be "one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century."

Sterling Ruby's Ceramic (Yellow/Red/Facial) could sell for £20,000-30,000

"That's only eight years, of course," added New York Times art critic Roberta Smith.

Ruby is a multi-disciplinary artist best known for his unusual glazed ceramic works and large scale spray-painted canvases. Urethane sculptures and various forms of collage are also key to his repertoire.

Inspirations within the unusual outward appearances of Ruby's artworks include marginalised societies, artefacts and antiquities, modernist architecture, graffiti, and even mechanisms of warfare and maximum security prisons.

Ruby's sculpture is initialled and dated 'SR 06' on its underside, and is constructed from ceramic, glaze, wood and Formica. It measures 43 × 38 × 34 cm.

One thing's for sure: Sterling Ruby is definitely a contemporary artist to take notice of.

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