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Andrew Potocnik Wood Art for sale. Andrew Potocnik gained an affinity with wood from a young age and it was always the medium he chose when exploring creatively. Andrew Potocnik was taught to think outside of the traditional wood making methods and ideas by his high school teacher, and from that time his art practice career has been an inspirational journey that has seen him creating unique objects from recycled wood and found natural materials.

Andrew Potocnik - Artist Biography

Andrew Potocnik Artist’s statement:

Ever since childhood, whenever I wanted, or needed, to make something, I found wood to be the first material I turned to. It wasn’t always the best choice, but it was a material I felt comfortable with, and one that I could convert into whatever I needed.

At high school, I met a teacher who encouraged creative use of wood, setting convention aside in order to encourage aspects that were radical at that time. He encouraged me to salvage and recycle wood, and even worse, he taught me to appreciate wood for its colour, smell, feel, grain and any other intrinsic quality it may have.

With an introduction like this, where else could I go, but continue to explore all those wonderful qualities every piece of wood conceals, just needing a sympathetic cut to expose it to those who see it as nothing more than a renewable resource, ready to be exploited, rather than appreciated!

Now, I gain enormous enjoyment from seeing how people from other cultures explore their wood, how they expose and celebrate its beauty, and how it’s integrated into their culture and general existence.

As an artist, I continually find inspiration to explore new directions in creating objects from wood.

As a teacher, I try to pass information on to my students, hoping that they too will be inspired to explore wood. Celebrating it as a living material that grows around us, as a material that can give voice to ideas conjured in our minds, as a material that says something about our culture and world.

Exhibitions:

2011    Inside & Outside The Box, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2009    Boxes and Their Makers, Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine, U.S.A

2009    Turning to the Future, Grovewood Gallery, NC, U.S.A.

2009    Masterworks, Swiper’s Gully, Victoria, Australia

2009    Coast To Coast, Bunbury, Australia

2008    DysFUNctional, Woodturning Center, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

2007    Pacific Connections, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2007    Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize finalist, Melbourne, Australia

2006    Connections: Contemporary Australian Wood Artists, Embassy of Australia, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

2005    Small Treasures, del Mano gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2004    allTURNatives –Form + Spirit, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

2003    Turned Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2003    Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize finalist, Melbourne, Australia

2003    Living with Wood, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

2002    Colour and Form, Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia

2001    Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize finalist, Melbourne, Australia

2000    Turned Wood: Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2000    Contemporary Australian Woodturning and Carving, Beaver Galleries, A.C.T., Australia

1999    Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles. U.S.A.

1998    Turned Wood: Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

 

Publications:

-The Cutting Edge –Contemporary Wood Art and the Lipton Collection, Kevin Wallace, Fine Arts Press, 2011

-New Masters of the Wooden Box, Oscar P. Fitzgerald, Fox Chapel Publishing, 2009

-The Art of Turned Bowls, Richard Raffan, Taunton Press, Inc, 2008

-Woodturning Tips & Techniques, Carol Rix, Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, East Sussex, 2006

-Connections: International Woodturning Exchange 1995 – 2005, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, 2005

-HI TECH Wood Projects Stage 5, Heinemann Harcourt Education, 2005
-500 Wood Bowls, Katherine Duncan Aimone, Lark Books, New York, 2004

-400 Wood Boxes, Veronika Alice Gunther, Lark Books, New York, 2004

-Sacred Vessels, The National Jewish Centre for Learning and Leadership, New York, 2003

-Woodturning Design, Mike Darlow, The Meleluka Press, Australia, 2003

-Australian Woodturning – The Best of Australian Wood Review, Interwood Holdings Pty. Ltd, 2002

-Contemporary Turned Wood – New perspectives in a rich tradition, Leier, Peters, Wallace, Handbooks Press, 1999

-Woodturning magazine (U.K.), Issue No. 74, April 1999

-Turning Boxes with Richard Raffan, Richard Raffan, Taunton Press, Conn., U.S.A. 1998

-Expressions in Wood – Masterworks from the Wornick Collection, University of Washington Press, 1997

-Fine Woodworking Design Book 7, Taunton Press, Conn., U.S.A., 1996 pp. 158, 162

-Wood Dreaming, Terry Martin, Harper Collins Publishers, Aust, 1996

-Woodturning magazine (U.K.), Issue No 34, July/August, 1995.

-Woodturning magazine (U.K.), Issue No 12, Jan/Feb, 1993.

I am a regular writer for Australian Wood Review, contributing product evaluations, exhibition reviews and instructional articles to many editions since 1995.

I also write regularly for Woodturning, in England and Woodturner, journal of the American Association of Woodturners.

Works owned by:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, U.S.A.

Contemporary Museum of Hawaii, U.S.A.

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Texas State Bank Corporate Collection, McAllen, Texas, U.S.A.

Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Mr. Glen E. Roney, C.E.O. Texas State Bank, Texas, U.S.A.

Mr.David Ellesworth, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Dr. Irving Lipton, Van Nuys, California, U.S.A.

Mr. Ronald C. Wornick, Burlingame, California, U.S.A.

Mrs. Fleur Bressler, Maryland, U.S.A.

Mr. Raymond F.L Wong, Hong Kong

Mr. Tim & Mrs. Cheryl Kotchman, Maryland, U.S.A.

Mr. Bruce Kaiser, Delaware, U.S.A.

Mr. Joseph Seltzer, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Mrs. Lorraine Elliot, M.L.A., Melbourne, Australia

Susan Feiner, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Ruth Greenburg, California, US.A.

Frank Abagnale, Author of the bestselling book ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Various other collectors both in Australia and abroad

Scholarships/Awards:

2011    Catholic Education Commission of Victoria scholarship for M.Ed, Studies of Asia

2009    CollaboratioNZ, Whangerei, N.Z., sponsored resource artist

2004    International Turners Exchange, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

2003    American Association of Woodturners Educational Opportunity Grant to attend CollaboratioNZ,

Whangerei, N.Z.

2001    CollaboratioNZ, Whangerei, N.Z., sponsored resource artist

2000    Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Study tour to China

Commissions:

2005 Southern Districts Hebrew Congregation, Torah Scroll

2000 Banyule City Council, ‘Young Artists Awards’ trophies

2000 Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School, crucifix for reception area.

1999 Banyule City Council, ‘Young Artists Awards’ trophies

1999 Luther College, Croydon, design and creation of outdoor sculpture.

1999 Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School, crucifix and candleholders for altar.

1998 City of Melbourne and Arts Victoria, ‘Arts and Cultural Leadership Awards’ trophies.

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