Monday, March 7, 2011

Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: Michael Benton

In anticipation of this Thursday’s Preview Exhibition reception for the Tulsa Art Studio Tour, we will begin profiling the 9 artists who are featured on the Tour. Please check out their artwork this week and, later, you can check out their working spaces.

Michael Benton, Cubes, Wenge, Mahogany, Sycamore,
& Madrone Burl, 16" diameter
Michael Benton - Wood and Marquetry
Benton describes himself as a “painter of wood.” He is a self-trained craftsman specializing in marquetry, in which he applies inlay to create designs on clocks, boxes, wall décor, and other products. What started as a hobby working with brass and copper clocks led Michael to his current passion six years ago.
Michael Benton in his studio
Most Important:
Benton stresses that he does not use any stains or dyes; he prefers to let the natural qualities of the wood come through with just a simple coat of protective lacquer. He said he uses recycled materials as much as possible and each piece is one of a kind. 
Michael Benton, Tulsa with an Art Deco Theme,
Walnut burl, Ribbon Sapel, Mappa Burl & Anigre
Ask about:
Working so small, Marquetry, and painting with wood

Where to find his work:
The Gallery on Sixth,, Oral Roberts University, Mayo Hotel

Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. A preview exhibition of their artwork opens Thursday, March 10 at Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis in Tulsa. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or for tickets. 

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