E-Museum of Pyrographic Art
Traditional and Folk Art Hall
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The Vesterheim Museum of Norwegian-American Folk Art in Decorah, Iowa, is now exhibiting at the link here ten artifacts from their large collection of pyrographic works.
Rev. Howard Finster,* American folk artist from the state of Georgia. Two examples and links to two illustrated articles about the colorful life and art of this world famous folk artist and preacher.
Hüsnü Züber House "Living Museum",* is a salon dedicated to the figurative and abstract works of Hüsnü Züber. It includes a link to an illustrated article about his important "Living Museum" which is a restored 19th Century Ottoman house where he not only resides but where he exhibits his collection of some 450 works of traditional Turkish textile and faïence designs pyroengraved on wooden spoons and other wooden artifacts of Turkey.
International Salon,* showing pyrography of many kinds and from many countries; link from this salon to an illustrated article on traditional pyrography of Mali.
A Quetzal Journal / Notebook by an Unknown Artist has a wooden cover that is a pyrography plaque with color on each side that displays a different version of a Quetzal bird, which is the national bird of Guatemala.
America's Earliest Known Dated Pyrography Portrait Panel, 1819 American folk art work from Pennsylvania (cross-referenced in the Antique Hall)
from the private collection of Douglas Schneible.
Jantje Mulder,* Dutch born artist and art teacher, works at Jarea Art Studio, Canada, in folk art poker work on wood; link from this salon to an illustrated article on pyrography for children, featuring her work teaching children pyrography as well as showing more examples of her own work.
Richard Voepel, monochrome pyrography on wood plaques, mostly framed; various themes.
William Poplett, pyrography on wood plaques, some color; vintage vehicles and animal themes.
Lucy McCord,* wood burned plaques, some color; link from this salon to an illustrated article featuring her work; folklore and Americana portraits and themes. This artist is cross-referenced in the Portraits and Paintings Hall.
Robert McGehee, pyrographic fine art on wood; based on the symbols and icons of primal peoples.
Gabriela Lezcano and Alejandro Veneziani work together as a team doing pyrography with acrylic color on leather; autochthonous themes of Argentina. These artists are cross-referenced in the Portraits and Paintings Hall.
Burnt Offerings Studio, Opie and Linda O'Brien,* highly decorative pyroengraved gourds enhanced with a wide variety of natural materials and worked with color and carving, including wood carving; gourds are vessels, sculptures, and musical instruments as sculptures; wood plaque; many traditional themes and imaginative forms. Link from this salon to illustrated articles featuring their work. These artists are cross-referenced in the Sculpture Hall.
Thomas Benally,* traditional Navajo themes rendered in an unusual combination of media including turquoise inlay (see also Special Hall).
Vernon Robinson,* wood canes and hiking staffs with stylized pyroengraved sculptures accommodated from the natural shape of the wood, some enhanced with inlays; link from this salon to illustrated articles featuring this artist's work (See also Special Hall, Decorative Art Hall, Sculpture Hall).
Stuart King's Private Collection in Three Salons,* First Salon of three Stuart King salons dedicated to displaying pieces this artist, lecturer, and photo-journalist has collected while traveling, lecturing, and doing research. The work in them is 20th century European (primarily Eastern Europe and Russia), both earlier and later pieces. There are also two boxes from Japan. The pieces are not arranged in any particular order. The link above is to the first of the private collection salons; here is a link to the Stuart King Private Collection,* Second Salon, and a link to the Stuart King Private Collection,* Third Salon.
(See also the Decorative Art Hall for a listing on Stuart King's own salon showing his own work in woodturning, piercing, and pyrography. There is also a cross-reference back to the three salons of his private collection listed here).
Vickie Wessel, interprets wildlife and woodland art on wood and leather.
Abdulwahab Mihoub*, autodidactic artist interpreting traditions, customs, and scenes of the Sahara. Also included is his one abstract. There is also a link to an article.
Tom Schulz*, autodidactic artist interpreting wildlife and historic scenes of Alaska. Also included is a link to an article.
Alaska Salon*, works from a special exhibit entitled: "Burned Into Memory: Images of Alaska Through Historic Pyrography." Also included is a link to an article.
Max W. Kollm, Reclamation, is a circa 1910 leather hanging beautifully executed with the traditional moose scene so popular during the Gold Rush days of Alaska. This work is from a private collection.
Max W. Kollm, Pioneers, is a very rare, circa 1910, leather hanging, beautifully and elaborately executed with a campfire scene depicting three figures, three dogs, and many details from the days of the Gold Rush in Alaska. Because it is so unusual, "Pioneers" has significant historical importance, as well. From a private collection.
William Betzeler, His Last Battle, is a 1906 leather hanging beautifully executed with a dramatic scene of a wolf pack taking down a moose during the Gold Rush days of Alaska. This work is from a private collection.
Abby Levine*, works on wood assemblages doing modern interpretations of folk themes. Also included is a link to an article.
Denise Needham*, works on wood panels and furniture in Australiana themes. Also included is a link to an article.
Jose Pelegrina-Vissepo*, works on wood panels and specializes in indigenous themes of the Americas. Also included is a link to an article.
Kenneth E. Wooten*, does intricate scrollsaw ornaments with pyrography linework on birch in Alaskan wildlife themes. Also included is a link to an article. (This artist is cross-referenced in the Decorative and Applied Art Hall.)
Djibril N'Doye*, does Contemporary work in pyrography on birch woood panels. His works focus on social aspects of communal working and living that he observed during the years he was living in his native Senegal. (His work is featured in the Portraits and Paintings Hall and cross-referenced here because of its traditional themes.)
Dominic Angarano*, does Native American portraits in pyrography on gourds as well as other themes in pyrography on various exotic materials like old ivory and fossilized bone. (His work is cross-referenced in the Portraits and Paintings Hall, and in the Special Hall because of his unusual projects on exotic materials.)
Peter Drewett*, has done one (his first) portrait in 2004 to honor his mentor; however, his works are mostly on uneven sculptural shapes, particularly the percussion instruments for which he is best known. A work that won him recent acclaim was a gourd sculpture. (Because of his portrait, he is cross-referenced in the Portraits and Paintings Hall; because of his sculptural musical instruments, his work will be cross-referenced in the Sculpture Hall and the Decorative Art Hall; because of his rustic themes, his work is featured in the Folk and Traditional Art Hall, and because of his unusual projects, his listing will be cross-referenced in the Special Hall, as well).
Julia Surba*, has done works mostly on irregular sculptural shapes, using strong and varied texturing, as well as hieroglyphs that resemble ivory inlay. (Because of her sculptural pieces and gourds, her work will be cross-referenced in the Sculpture Hall, and because of her applied art in the clock, the Decorative Art Hall; because of her traditional references to Ancient Kuzhebar, her work is featured in the Folk and Traditional Art Hall).
Nancy Boitos*, a folk and wildlife artist, has done many large-scale rustic works, including a beam fireplace mantel and a log mantel. (Because of her applied art pyroengravings with oil painting on furniture and fireplace mantels, her work is cross-referenced in the Decorative Art Hall, as well as featured in the Folk and Traditional Art Hall).
Rose Sié* was a young woman at the time she did these works while convalescing in a sanatorium in France, where pyrography was a part of her therapy. Her work was a comfort to her there, while away from her family, and a beautiful remembrance for them when she passed away some years later back home. Her son tells her story in a related article linked here.
* Indicates there is a feature article on this artist in the Woodcarver's Online Magazine. Look for a link in the brief narrative following each artist's exhibit.
N.B. E-mail contact for an artist is linked to that person's name in the brief narrative following each artist's exhibit.
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