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The Moulthrops: The distinctive work of two generations of Georgia wood turners    Apr 6 - Apr 27, 2013


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 4-7pm
The artists will be present.

Bentley Gallery has been exhibiting the Moulthrop's wood turned vessels for more than 15 years, starting with Philip's father, Ed, a pioneer in the convergence of contemporary art and high end craft.

Philip Moulthrop doesn't replicate his famous father's pieces, but builds on the Moulthrop technique. His designs are pure and unadorned, with smooth, clean lines. In the early 90's Philip developed the Mosaic series, his most significant contribution to the wood turning field. In 2012 he received the State of Georgia Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities.

Woodturning has been a part of Matt Moulthrop's life for as long as he can remember. He endeavors to inject into each vessel a balance of color and form, shape and substance, that fully displays the beauty and richness of the tree. Recently Matt's work was exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 40 Under 40, an exhibition that featured 40 artists born since 1972, who examine the notion of craft within traditional media.

In the book, Moulthrop: A Legacy in Wood, author Kevin Wallace writes, "While many wood turners have become concerned with manipulation of wood and displays of technical virtuosity, Moulthrop vessels are simple, sleek and seductive. As artists, the Moulthrops see their role as selecting forms that serve the materials, trusting the choice of nature to speak clearly and eloquently."

Philip and Matt's wood vessels are included in numerous museum collections throughout the country. In 2011, PBS aired a documentary entitled Craft in America: The Moulthrops.

Exhibition pre-sale begins on March 25. Please email craig@bentleygallery.com with inquiries.

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