This is the largest of three hand-painted, hand-sculpted vintage 1970s ceramic tiles by Ken Goldstrom that I just found in Maine, and which I think are just right and just terrific. Based in Beverly, MA, Goldstrom has been creating small scale ceramic sculpture and tiles in a similar manner for many decades (unbeknownst to me until now), which he describes as "typically playful, sometimes whimsical, sometimes dark." I think this is my very favorite of the bunch, with the gorgeous treatment of sun and clouds and bricks reminding me a bit of the paintings of Roger Brown, and begging the question of what exactly is the situation with these three men, framed in porthole-like windows below: are they on the subway? playfully popping up through man holes in the sidewalk? or metaphorically trapped underground (closeted) and about to come out? I think perhaps many things at once, and really wonderful.
9 7/8" x 7 1/2" x 1". Not signed and dated but most definitely by Goldstrom and I believe made about the same time as the other two dated 1975. Very good condition, with a hanger on the back.