Ken Price (1935-2012), born in Los Angeles, was an American printmaker and sculptor best known for his brightly colored ceramic sculptures that employed unorthodox application methods. He attended the University of Southern California and later studied at the New York State College of Ceramics. He was a key figure in the rising Los Angeles art scene and had his first solo exhibition at Ferus Gallery in 1960. He made different series of abstract and biomorphic forms, including the Happy’s Curiosin the 1970s. He often fired his sculptural objects unglazed, which he then painted with multiple, thin layers of color that were usually sanded to produce a variegated effect. He participated in the Whitney Biennial in 1979 and 1981.