Monday, December 10, 2012

Artist #3: Wendell Castle

Artist #3: Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle is the one famous furniture designer in United States and a leading figure in American Craft. He was born in November 6, 1932 in Emporia, Kansas. In 1958, he graduated with industrial design major in 1958 and he got a Master of Fine Arts in 1961 from the University of Kansas.

"I don't see myself as part of tradition, and I don't see myself as part of the activity in American furniture," Wendell Castle says, but as an artist and craftsperson, he explains, "You break new ground in different ways." –Wendell Castle

Two-Headed Table (1969) of gel-coated, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, capitalizing on material advances of the era.

The brand-new Curious Paradox (2012), a collection of nine tables, is a highlight of Castle’s current show at Barry Friedman Ltd.

Angel Heart (2010), made of bleached mahogany,; is one of a series of; rocking chairs. 

  Dark Wish Chair (2012), measuring 5 feet wide, is made of ash and finished with oil.

  A Castle Dining Table (1978) pairs a handsome bird’s-eye maple top with an ebonized maple base.

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