This wonderful abstract wooden sculpture titled “Sweet Twist” was made by contemporary American modernist sculptor Jon Brooks. Brooks was born in Manchester, NH and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he apprenticed with Wendell Castle and William Keyser. Since then, he has taught and lectured extensively, as well as becoming a leading figure in the American Studio Furniture Movement. He is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a furniture maker and sculptor, and for his ability to combine craftsmanship, inventiveness, and poetic whimsy. Examples of his work can be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, Museum of Art and Design in NYC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Queen Victoria museum in Tazmania, Australia, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston MA, and Currier museum in Manchester, NH. He has also exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide since the 1970s. His chair sculptures were featured in the 1988 Tim Burton film Beetlejuice.
This wooden sculpture is composed of several pieces of bittersweet and maple, with a steel black base. The ebonized lower section is maple, stained with an oil and varnish finish. The form and grain of the bittersweet is exceptional. Signed and dated near the base. Dimensions: 74" h x 19" diameter base.
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