Here is a delightful folk art sculpture of a dog with sunglasses driving a car by Mexican folk art master Gerardo Ortega, from Santa Cruz de las Hurtas, a suburb of Tonala, Mexico. Ortega and other artists from this area are known for making "barro betus," which is a form of glazed pottery whose patina was originally made with the resin of a pine tree called "betus." From a website about the artist: "His teacher was his father, Eleuterio Ortega Hernandez, and his grandmother, Natividad Hernandez. Gerardo is the 4th generation to work with barro betus. The process begins with 'tortillando' or kneading the clay into unique shapes. The kiln is readied and fires pieces created several days before. Before firing, the clay is black. The pieces have to be dried in the open air before baking them or they will explode. The firing is done at a very low temperature compared to other types of ceramics. Each figure is rubbed with birch oil just before firing, giving them a lacquered appearance once finished. Kilns are simple brick holes covered with old tiles." The artist is known for his whimsical depictions of all manner of animals, and this one has so much personality, as any dog does. This pup's ears are blown back in the wind, and he is having the time of his life, and if you've ever taken a dog in the car with the windows down, you will recognize this look. The dog does come out of the car, and at one time may have been glued in as we can see some paint loss on the seat. But as long as the dog's sitting in there, you really can't see those marks at all. Predominantly yellow with a bit of red and green. Love the license plate. Signed Ortega inside the car and on the base.
The statue measures about 6-1/2" tall by about 7-1/2" across and about 5" wide. Again, there is a spot inside the car on the seat where the paint has flaked away or perhaps never was covered. May be some small fleabites here or there but in quite good vintage condition.
Sure to become someone's new best friend.
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