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)
Inte­rior
Design Inte­riors
Indus­trial Design
Product Engi­neering
Design News
Design Quar­terly Etc.
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”

Awards:
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)

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

Employ­ment:
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

Member­ships:
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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