John Eric Byers created this storage piece for Moderne Gallery in 2017. Byers painstakingly hand-tooled the wood to craft a minimalist, geometrically rigorous design that celebrates purity of form, surface texture, structure, and the innate qualities of the materials. Grace Glueck of the New York Times wrote of Byers designs, "The carved, patterned surfaces add considerable interest to his simplified forms, as does his exquisite attention to detail."
Based in Newfield, New York, Byers trained under Wendell Castle and creates individually hand-made furniture and objects. He's been heralded as a leading American artist working in wood. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Museum of Arts & Design. His numerous awards include the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Awards, and inclusion in the Smithsonian's Oral Archives of American Arts.
John Eric Byers
Sawn Maple, Cherry, Ash, Brass with casein paint
44" x 15" x 48"