Ron Nagle, Grill Talk, 2011, © Ron Nagle, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Ron Nagle

Nocturn Around

November 23, 2019 – February 9, 2020

Ron Nagle is known for his small-scale objects, which usually measure no more than between four and eight inches high. Nagle’s sculptures are made of ceramics, various plastics, and synthetic resin. With near-fetishistic attention to the qualities of surfaces and colors, he carefully sequences series of glazes and uses other materials, such as auto paint, to produce intricate works that contrast high-luster finishes with the rough textures of unglazed elements. Although his works are three-dimensional objects, the artist thinks in planar images.


Ron Nagle was born in San Francisco in 1939 and lives and works in San Francisco.