The Lizard's Prize
North America, American, Alabama
15 1/4 in. x 8 in. x 8 in. (38.74 cm x 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm)
Medium and Support:
Bronze on marble base
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mueller
Currently On View
Frank Fleming was born in Bear Creek, Alabama and currently lives in Birmingham. Raised on a tenant farm, Fleming was constantly outdoors and surrounded by animals. As a child, Fleming stuttered, and as a result of being teased by other children, he often turned to animals for company, more at home with animals than people.
As an adult, Fleming recreates in unglazed white porcelain or cast bronze many of the animals that he came to know as a child. His sculptures are notable for their detail and realistic rendering, yet their lack of color adds a surreal quality. Many of Fleming's pieces suggest myths, folklore, or fables.