Gene Tepper

Elbo-lampElbo Lamp: By Tepper & Stein­hilber Asso­ciates Inc., Gene Tepper and Roger. Fleck designed an entire series of prod­ucts utilizing the simple stove pipe form, in high colors as well s black and white. Above is the clock. The lamp unit had a low watt incan­des­cent bulb. Manu­fac­tured by Elbo Prod­ucts.

Gene Tepper Indus­trial Designer/​Artist

Artist State­ment

Creative activ­i­ties are selfish plea­sures, inspired by curiosity, the need for discovery and essen­tially for my personal grat­i­fi­ca­tion. It is the process of explo­ration and the prospect of producing work, leading to further inves­ti­ga­tion, which moti­vates me. Because I can not conceive of any work totally devoid of context, most of my work is “idea driven”. Frequently the concept is consciously intro­duced as a chal­lenge, other times the idea is discov­ered as the work evolves. It is the act of making which I find most satis­fying. The completed work is mate­rial evidence of the memory of the act. I studied painting and sculp­ture in New York City at The Art Students League and the New School for Social Research from 1937 to 1940. During that period my teachers included: John Sloan, Morris Kantor, Vaclav Vytlacil, and Jose de Creeft. During five years of mili­tary service in World War II, I continued drawing and painting and showing in various exhi­bi­tions in New York and New Orleans. In 1948 I moved to San Fran­cisco and started an indus­trial design prac­tice. I continued painting and exhibiting until 1954 when the atten­tion and commit­ment required to run a design office precluded allo­cating the time neces­sary to produce any serious work. In the mid ‘90s, 40 years later, with reduced design consulting activity, I began print­making and started painting again. Since 1998 I have been devoting full time to art-related projects. In the summer of 2001 I made a 55-day round trip voyage on a freighter from Savannah, Georgia to the Mediter­ranean. I had the time, and a comfort­able place to work, and produced a series of small gouache paint­ings about this very nostalgic voyage. Currently I am painting and print­making in my studio in Sausalito and working on several pieces of wood sculp­ture in my shop in Bolinas.
Gene Tepper 2007

Partial List of Clients Served
Alcoa Corpo­ra­tion, Pitts­burg, Penn­syl­vania
Ampex Corpo­ra­tion, Redwood City, Cali­fornia
Atomic Energy Commis­sion, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Burroughs Corpo­ra­tion, San Diego, Cali­fornia
Cali­fornia Canners & Growers, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Cere­mony Brandy, Cali­fornia
Charmwick, Inc., Burlingame, Cali­fornia
City of Fresno Munic­ipal Center, Fresno, Cali­fornia
Crown-Zeller­bach, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Diablo Supplies (a Xerox Company)
Diamond Inter­na­tional Corpo­ra­tion, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
First Federal Savings & Loan Asso­ci­a­tion, Fresno, Cali­fornia
Fidelity Savings & Loan Asso­ci­a­tion, Oakland, Cali­fornia
F & P Foods, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Freemark Abbey Winery, St. Helena, Cali­fornia
Fresno Air Terminal, Fresno, Cali­fornia
General Elec­tric, Phoenix, Arizona
Gray Lines, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Guild Wine Company, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Cali­fornia
IBM, Wash­ington, D.C.
Indus­trial Indem­nity Company, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Inter­face Mech­a­nisms (Intermec), Seattle, Wash­ington
Inter­na­tional Paper Company, Burlingame, Cali­fornia
Lock­heed Space & Missile Divi­sion, Sunny­vale, Cali­fornia
Marcona Corpo­ra­tion, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Memorex, Santa Clara, Cali­fornia
Mid-West Research Insti­tute, Kansas City, Missouri
Murison Label Company, San Jose, Cali­fornia
Novar Divi­sion, General Tele­phone & Elec­tronics, Palo Alto, Cali­fornia
Omark Indus­tries, Port­land, Oregon
Radi­a­tion, Inc., Melbourne, Florida
Ralph’s Markets, Los Angeles, Cali­fornia
Simpson Forest Prod­ucts, Seattle, Wash­ington
Solar Energy Research Insti­tute, Golden, Colorado
Stan­dard Oil Company of Cali­fornia, San Fran­cisco, Cali­fornia
Stan­ford Research Insti­tute, Palo Alto, Cali­fornia
Sylvania Elec­tric Prod­ucts, Sunny­vale, Cali­fornia
Trea­sure Valley, Idaho
Ultek Divi­sion, Perkin-Elmer Corpo­ra­tion, Palo Alto, Cali­fornia
Unicorn Systems, Inc., Cuper­tino, Cali­fornia
Unimark Corpo­ra­tion, San Ramon, Cali­forni
United States Steel Corpo­ra­tion, Pitts­burg, Cali­fornia
Victor Calcu­lator Company, Chicago,
Illi­nois Watkins-Johnson Company, Palo Alto, Cali­fornia

Awards & Exhibits
Good Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, New York City 1951
Society of Artists & Art Direc­tors, Award of Excel­lence 1955
Undicesmia Trien­nale di Milano, Diploma di Collab­o­razione 1957
Society of Artists & Art Direc­tors, Award of Excel­lence 1957
Society of Artists & Art Direc­tors, Award of Excel­lence 1958
Art Direc­tors Club of Los Angeles, Certifi­cate of Merit 1959
Decima Trien­nale di Milano, Diploma di Collab­o­razione 1960
Wescon Award of Herit 1962
20th Exhi­bi­tion of Adver­tising & Edito­rial Art in the West, Certifi­cate of Merit
Wescon Award of Merit 1964
Wescon Award of Excel­lence 1966
Wescon Award of Excel­lence 1967
Bio 3, selected exhi­bi­tion, 3rd Bien­nial of Design, Ljubli­jana, Yugoslavia 1968
Wescon Award of Merit 1968
Design Review (3) Excel­lence of Design 1969
Creativity ’70, Certifi­cate of Distinc­tion 1970
Wescon Award of Merit 1970
Wescon Award of Excel­lence 1970
Commu­ni­ca­tions 20, Certifi­cate of Distinc­tion 1970
The Insti­tute of Grounds­man­ship, Inter­na­tional Exhi­bi­tion 1970
San Fran­cisco Commu­ni­ca­tions 1971
Commu­ni­ca­tions Arts Annual 1972
San Fran­cisco Commu­ni­cating Arts (5) Certifi­cates of Excel­lence 1972
Package Design Maga­zine 1972
Commu­ni­ca­tions Arts Maga­zine, Award of Excel­lence 1972
Amer­ican Insti­tute of Graphic Arts (pack­aging) 1973
San Fran­cisco Commu­ni­cating Arts (3) Certifi­cate of Merit 1973
Cali­fornia Design, Pasadena Museum 1973

Publi­ca­tions: Work illus­trated in:
A Hand­book of Cali­fornia Design 1930 — 1965, 2013
Cali­fornia Design, 1930−−1965: “Living in a Modern Way” 2012
Living for Young Home­makers
Arren­de­mento Moderno (Milan)
Publicite (Britain)
Design Inte­riors
Indus­trial Design
Product Engi­neering
Design News
Design Quar­terly Etc.

Exhi­bi­tions :
1941 Delgado Museum* (41st Annual), New Orleans
1942 Inde­pen­dent Artists Gallery (New York), Sculp­ture
1944 National Academy, NY, United Seamen’s Service
1945 3rd Annual Exhibit, United Seamen’s Service
1946 4th Annual Exhibit, United Seamen’s Service
1949 68th Annual Painting Exhi­bi­tion, SF AA * *, SFMA * * *
1949 13th Annual Water­color Exhi­bi­tion SF AA, SFMA
1950 14th Annual Water­color Exhi­bi­tion SFAA, SFMA
1950 14th Annual Drawing and Print Exhi­bi­tion SFMA
1950 S.F. Art Festival
1951 M.H. de Young, Group Show
1954 Annual Water­color Exhi­bi­tion SF AA, SFMA
1994 – 2003 Various Open Studio Exhibits
Furni­ture ‚and Product Design, Exhibits and Awards include the following:
1954 Museum of Modem Art, NY “Good Design Exhibit”
1956 Decima Trien­nale di Milano, Milan Italy ”
1957 Undicesima Trien­nale di Milano, Milan Italy
1972 USIA Exhibit, Poznan, Poland
1955 – 1990-Various Trade & Tech­nical Exhibits
2012 LACMA Cali­fornia Design, 1930−−1965: “Living in a Modern Way”

1941 Delgado Museum, New Orleans * Water Color Prize
1944 Inter­na­tional United Seamen’s Service Prize
1945 Inter­na­tional United Seamen’s Service Prize
1946 Inter­na­tional United Seamen’s Service Prize
1950 S.F. Art Festival, City of San Fran­cisco, Purchase Prize
* Now, New Orleans Museum of Art
* * San Fran­cisco Art Asso­ci­a­tion
*** Now, San Fran­cisco Museum of Modem Art (MOMA)

Art Students League of New York
U. S. Maritime Academy, Kings Point, L.I., New York New School for Social Research, New York

Robert Kayton Displays, 1939 Mili­tary Service: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy,
U.S. Maritime Service, 1940 – 1945
The Displayers, Inc., New York, 1945 – 1947
Walter Landor Asso­ciates, San Fran­cisco, 1949
Gene Tepper Asso­ciates, 1951 – 1963
Tepper + Stein­hilber Asso­ciates, Inc., 1963 – 1974
Gene Tepper/​Design, 1974 – 1980
Tortilla Machine, Inc. (Restau­rant Devel­op­ment) ,
Pres­i­dent, 1979 – 1981 Gene Tepper/​Design, 1981-Present

Teaching Expe­ri­ence:
Advi­sory Board, Indus­trial Design Depart­ment,
San Jose State Cali­fornia School of Fine Arts
Patri School of Art Funda­men­tals
Rudolph Scha­effer School of Design
Adult Educa­tion Program, San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity Academy of Art, San Fran­cisco

Indus­trial Designers Society of America Member, Board of Direc­tors, 1971 – 1972
Indus­trial Designers Society of America, Vice Pres­i­dent, 1973 – 1974
San Fran­cisco Society of Commu­ni­cating Arts

Special Activ­i­ties:
Chairman, Trans­porta­tion Seminar, National IDSA Annual Meeting, Wash­ington, D.C., October 1969
Panel Member, National Endow­ment for the Arts,
Wash­ington, D.C., 1970 Speaker, USIA Design Seminar, Poznan, Poland, 1972
Speaker, USIA Design Seminar, Frank­furt, Germany, 1972
Speaker, USIA Design Seminar, Stuttgart, Germany, 1972
Speaker, National Human Factors Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 1972
Designers Advi­sory Committee, State of Cali­fornia Product Design & Marketing Council, 1973 – 1974
Partic­i­pant, Alter­na­tive Energy Seminar, New York Botan­ical Garden, 1974
Juror, Cali­fornia Design ’76, Los Angeles, 1976

One thought on “Gene Tepper”

  1. Joe Sperske says:

    Nice to hear that my old Tortilla Machine friend is still alive and kicking!

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