Academically trained as a painter, Vasa Mihich originally taught theories of color as a senior Professor of Design at the University of California, Los Angeles. The octogenarian artist has been creating his striking transparent plastics since the late 1960’s in his Los Angeles studio and continues to this day to be a forward-thinking innovator.
Mihich continues to explore the possibilities and development of these cast acrylic sculptures and their accompanying medium. Henry Seldis, the former art critic for the Los Angeles Times, refers to Mihich as “the most sensuous and sensational colorist of the Southern California artists working in plastic.”
Usually rectangle in form, Untitled, #348 is a slight departure from Mihich’s tower column series with its triangular cross section. His choice of pastel colors in this piece is joyous and light-hearted in nature. These works highlight the interdependence and interaction of color with such other aesthetic aspects as form, quantity, and placement. Academic theories of color and space influenced Mihich’s creation of acrylic sculptures, which both reflect and refract the light. To create his minimalist sculptures, the artist first casts acrylic in large forms of varying thicknesses, often interleaved with layers of clear acrylic and transparent polychromed sheets. He then cuts them into the desired dimensions.
Bonhams & Butterfield Los Angeles, CA. November
18 2008, lot 1151
Gerald L. Cafesjian* 2008-2013
Estate of Gerald L. Cafesjian 2013-2021
Los Angeles Modern Auction, January 17, 2021, lot 1