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|
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
Working so small, Marquetry, and painting with wood
Where to find his work:
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 http://www.tulsaartstudiotour.org/ for tickets.