Patina Gallery of Santa Fe Announces "Ingrained," an Exhibition of Works in Wood from Artists Liam Flynn and Gustav Reyes: The Exhibition Opens October 4, 2013

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Flynn, working in Ireland, turns and carves vessels of sublime simplicity. Flynn, working in Ireland, turns and carves vessels of sublime simplicity.

Liam Flynn Fumed Oaken Vessel of Turned Wood

Woodworkers describe wood as a living material. It trains the worker as much as the worker trains it. It cannot be forced but it will be coaxed, to turn and bend and hold shapes.

Patina Gallery is pleased to announce Ingrained, an exhibition of works from two masters of the wood medium, Liam Flynn and Gustav Reyes. Flynn, working in Ireland, turns and carves vessels of sublime simplicity. Their voluptuous forms and gently undulating surface are just part of the work’s unique appeal. Chicago-based artist Reyes has received accolades for his wood jewelry, bracelets, earrings and necklaces that, in their own way, also revel in the nuance of wood. The exhibition opens October 4 and runs through October 27, 2013.

Woodworkers describe wood as a living material. It trains the worker as much as the worker trains it. It cannot be forced but it will be coaxed, to turn and bend and hold shapes. Each of these artists has learned this. Each has learned to read the grain and character of the material and to work with it so that every completed work expresses a story of collaboration.

Both Flynn and Reyes are self-taught though and both come from families with traditions of working with wood. Flynn descends from generations of joiners and woodworkers while Reyes’s father was a carpenter who found relaxation crafting jewelry in the evenings after work.

Liam Flynn’s turned and carved vessels are found in the collections of numerous museums, including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Allison and Ivan Barnett, the owners of Patina Gallery, are dedicated to offering soul stirring works in the fields of art jewelry, clay, sculpture and studio wood, and the gallery’s reputation as one of the most beautiful galleries in Santa Fe continues to grow.

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