Project Description

Matt Moulthrop

Matt Moulthrop is a third generation wood turner and has spent his entire life surrounded by wood.  As a young adult, he learned the artistry of woodturning comes not from the hand, but from the eye.  Being able to “see” the shape of the bowl has been a legacy and a gift that he has worked to improve upon with his own vision and version of style, form, and texture. Moulthrop strives to blend both tradition and innovation by honoring his legacy and creating a new one.

 

Each piece he creates is a unique experience for both him as the maker and hopefully the viewer as well.  His endeavor is to full display the beauty and richness of the tree and story it has to tell.  Wormholes convey past life, rings communicate growth, and certain colors tell the story of death by lightning or blight.  Moulthrop sees it as his job to tell the story, showing rather than talking, lengthening the life of the tree rather than ending it.

BORN 1977, Atlanta, GA

EDUCATION
2004 MBA, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
2000 BBA, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1996-02 Apprenticeship with Philip Moulthrop
1993-02 Apprenticeship with Edward Moulthrop

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2014 Philip and Matt Moulthrop: New Works, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013 Philip and Matt Moulthrop: New Works, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2012 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, Renwick Gallery, Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
2012 Ocean Reef Art League, Ocean Reef, Key Largo, FL
2012 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2011 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2011 Moulthrop: A Southern Legacy, Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
2010 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 Turned Wood: Small Treasures, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Turned Wood Bowls, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Exhibition with Philip Moulthrop, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2006 Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2006 Del Mano Gallery, Los Angleles, CA
2005 Exhibition with Philip and Ed Moulthrop, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2005 Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, New York, NY
2005 Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2004 Exhibition with Philip Moulthrop, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, New York, NY
2004 Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, IL
2003 The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2003 Turning, The Moulthrop Legacy: Three Generations of Innovations in Wood, The Atlanta 2003 International Museum of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA
2003 Spotlight on Southern Artists, Atlanta, GA

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
ASU Art Museum, The Jacobson Collection, Tempe, AZ
The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of technology, Atlanta, GA
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation, Alta Loma, CA
Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Bascom Art Center, Highlands, N.C.
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, TX
Renwick Gallery, Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC

PUBLICATIONS
20 Best Places For Second Homes, BARRON”S, March 3, 2012
35 Years, My How We’ve Grown, Ocean Reef Press, January 13, 2012,
Austin Center, Hunter Underground is February 18, The Mountain Mirror, February
2012
Hunter Underground, Chattanooga Times Free Press, February 12, 2012
As the Wood Turns, Men’s Book, Atlanta Magazine, July/August 2011,
Family Trees, Robb Report, September 2011
An American Craft Dynasty, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
October 23, 2011
Moulthrop A Legacy in Wood, Kevin Wallace, Crescent Hill Books, December 2007
Marietta Daily Journal, “Marietta artists continue renowned tradition of woodturning,” August 2005
Southern Living Magazine, August 2005
Art & Antiques, “SOFA Sports New Buyers,” September 2004
Garden Design Magazine, “Mellow Yellow,” September/October 2004
Athens Magazine, “The Moulthrops: Three Generations of Woodturners”, Mary Jessica Hammes, October 2003
American Woodturner, “The Three Turners”, Nick Cook, Summer 2003
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “A Burnished and Beautiful Legacy”, Catherine Fox, April 27, 2003
Northside Neighbor/Marietta Daily Journal, “Turning Heads”, Amanda Millay, April 2, 2003
Southern Accents Magazine, “Family Trees”, Danny C. Flanders, December 2003

AZ Central: ‘Arizona Indigenous’ features glorious wood vessels
The renowned Moulthrop family of wood artists turn their attention to the Sonoran Desert in Spring of 2015 at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. As inhabitants of America’s swampy Southeast, the Moulthrops work primarily with their region’s plant life. In Arizona Indigenous, Philip and Matt Moulthrop unveil new saguaros, mesquite, and paloverde wood vessels. 

 

Matt Moulthrop is a wood turner and son of Philip Moulthrop and grandson of Ed Moulthrop. Matt has followed in the stylistic tradition of his father and grandfather, using a lathe and hand-forged tools to turn logs into sculpture. He commonly uses trees native to the South to create his art – wild cherry, box elder, sycamore, white pine, red and silver maple.

The life of a tree is influenced by the world around it and growth rings tell the story. Within the first few years of life, a tree may experience severe drought or an overabundance of rain. Each of these events is recorded within the tree. Drought and disease, flooding and lack of sunlight, major weather events – all leave evidence behind in the form of ring spacing and coloration. 

Matt interprets these stories through his art. He works with the wood, first by selecting the best pieces. Secondly, turning this piece on his lathe, he begins to unveil every growth ring, wormhole, and imperfection in the wood. The final step is capturing this story within a glass-like finish. His works of art are turned bowls in classical forms, leaving the simplicity and elegance of the piece to do the talking.

Matt explains his process: “Each piece I create is a unique experience for me. I endeavor to inject into each one a balance of color and form, shape and substance that fully displays the beauty and richness of the tree. Each tree has a story to tell. Wormholes convey past life, rings communicate growth, and certain colors indicate lightening or blight. My job is to tell the story, lengthening the life of the tree. My hope is to build a bridge between the natural and the artificial, by fusing the innate beauty of the material with a design that accentuates the splendor that is turned wood.”

Matt completed his B.A. at the University of Georgia and M.B.A. at Georgia Tech. His work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, the ASU Art Museum, The Carter Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Racine Art Museum, among others.

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