great turned vessel out of ironwood by the noted woodworker Bob Womack. This piece may have lost its neck at some point ,because there is a hole on top, or it may simply be where the lathe was attached.
A brief bio from the artist’s website follows:
After practicing psychology for twelve years, my hobby and passion of wood carving became my life’s work. As a young adult hiking in the hardwoods of New Hampshire, I was fascinated by the wide variety of shapes and sizes of trees I found. The natural forms and textures lying underneath the bark of “knots” were especially intriguing. Once carved and sanded, they revealed very unusual and colorful grain patterns. Concurrently, I developed free-form carving techniques using a chainsaw (self-taught) which still allow me to effectively carve the asymmetrical shapes I collect. These naturally occurring forms have become a major aspect of my work, often the focal point of a piece. Whether the design is solely manmade or a blend of natural and designed forms, I strive for each creation to reflect a harmony between nature and me. It is the incredibly beautiful and dramatic natural textures and forms that are abundant in the canyons and mountains of the Colorado Plateau that inspire and influence my work today.
Bob Womack’s wood sculpture is known for its blend of natural and designed forms, smooth as well as textured surfaces, meticulous finish, and use of colorful, unusual domestic hardwoods. When selecting the raw material, careful consideration is given to color, grain, texture, and shape. Naturally occurring phenomena — such as bark inclusions, holes, and embedded rocks — are incorporated into some pieces. A chainsaw and bandsaw are used to establish a rough form, and more refined carving is accomplished with a variety of smaller abrasive and carving tools. Bob’s distinctive style is currently showcased in one-of-a-kind abstract forms, vessels, and bowls — creations that reflect a harmony between sculptor and nature.
Awards and Exhibits
Permanent Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California 2009
Permanent Collection, Figgie Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa 2009
Permanent Collectin, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008
Permanent Collection, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii 2008
Permanent Collection, League of New Hampshire Craftsman, Concord, New Hampshire 2008
Musem of Arts and Design, New York City, New York 2006
Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum, 2000
Permanent Collection, Detroit Institute of Art, 1999
Selected for Fine Woodworking Design Book Seven, 1997
Bewitched by Craft, the Association of the American Craft Museum, 1989
Selected for Fine Woodworking Design Book Five, 1989
Form and Pattern Exhibit, Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, New Hampshire, 1989
Selections in American Craft, San Francisco Airport Commission, 1984
Living With Crafts Exhibit, New Hampshire Art Association, Concord, 1982, 1983
Selected for Master Craftsmen at Work Exhibit, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, 1982
Make it New: Craft by New England Artists, University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, Durham, 1982
New Hampshire Crafts Biennial, Manchester Institute of Arts, Manchester, New Hampshire, 1982
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Juried Exhibit, First, Second and Third Places, Wood, 1981
Post Master’s Studies: Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C.
M.Ed.: University of New Hampshire, counseling psychology
B.A.: University of New Mexico, psychology