Few who treat the lathe as a carving tool do so with the skill of Stoney Lamar. His sculptures explore the natural movement, balance and tension of asymmetrical wood forms combined with steel accents. A multiple axis approach has allowed him to draw from a wider range of influences and to develop a more personal imagery and narrative.
Lamar received his BS degree from Appalachian State University (NC). He has exhibited at Berman Museum of Art (PA), the Minnesota Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Craft Show (DC). His work is in the collections of the High Museum of Art (GA), the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), the Los Angeles County Museum of Craft and Folk Art (CA), the Mint Museum of Craft and Design (NC) and the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL). Stoney currently works from his studio in North Carolina.
“The work begins as a relationship I have established with a particular piece of wood and how its characteristics will interplay with my intentions and my emerging technical and conceptual vocabulary. As I adjust the work’s axis and continue turning, new challenges and possibilities are constantly presented.”
RETROSPECTIVE: STONEY LAMAR — ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM
A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar
April 13, 2013 - September 1, 2013
Join us for a special guided tour and discussion of A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar with Guest Curator Andrew Glasgow and artist Stoney Lamar, on Sunday, September 1 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. More details here.
William Stoney Lamar (1951 – ) has contributed exceptional skill and vision to the world of wood turning for over 25 years. Lamar attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a short period before leaving and working as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War for two years. He later attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville followed by Appalachian State University, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.S. in Industrial Arts. It was not until the mid-1980s that Lamar began to work on a lathe and fully explore its utility in realizing his own artistry.
Stoney Lamar’s sculpture is created primarily through a unique approach to multi-axial lathe work, giving his pieces a distinct sense of line and movement unlike other works of turned wood. Often letting the shape, color and modeling of the wood determine a piece’s finished appearance, Lamar also employs paint and metal in his forms. The artist continues to create, and his work can be found in both private and public collections around the country. Lamar has used his knowledge in his field to teach and lecture, and has served on the boards of the American Craft Council, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, and of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. He is also a founder of the Association of American Woodturners.
This exhibition is guest curated for the Asheville Art Museum by Andrew Glasgow.
We thank our generous exhibition sponsors: Blue Spiral 1, Fleur S. Bresler, Collectors of Wood Art, John and Robyn Horn, Marlin and Ginger Miller, and Bill and Sara Morgan We also thank the following contributors: Cathy & Alan Adelman, John and Judy Alexander, Lin Andrews, Barbara Berlin, The Center for Art in Wood, Mignon Durham, Andrew H. Glasgow, Linda S. Haynes & R. Anderson Haynes, Bruce & Eleanor Heister, Charlotte & Raul Herrera, Nancy Holmes, George’s Stor-Mor, The Judy Appleton Memorial Fund, Steve Keeble & Karen Depew, Barbara L. Laughlin, Jane & Arthur Mason, Wendy & Dale McEntire, Pamela L. Myers, Packard Woodworks, Rob Pulleyn, Mary Ann & Olin Sansbury, Barbara & Robert Seiler, Michael & Margery Sherrill, Randy Shull, Jamienne Studley & Gary Smith, Charlotte V. and Stephen A. Wainwright, Barbara Waldman & Dennis Winger, and Ruth & David Waterbury.
Lenders to the exhibition: Arkansas Arts Center, Asheville Art Museum, Leann Bellon, Jeffrey Bernstein & Judith Chernoff, Fleur S. Bresler, The Center for Art in Wood, John & Robyn Horn, Charlene Johnson, Susan & Neil Kaye, Stoney Lamar, Jane & Arthur Mason, Leslie McEachern, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Francoise J. Riecker, Norm Sartorius & Diane Bosley, Barbara & Robert Seiler, Kenneth Spitzbard, Patricia A. Young.
This exhibition will travel to arts institutions across the country beginning in January 2014, including: the Museum of Craft and Design (San Francisco, CA), the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum (CA), the Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR) and The Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia, PA).