Project Description

Philip Moulthrop

Philip Moulthrop approaches his practice with the goal in mind to reveal the beauty and texture found in wood.  He uses wood from trees native to his home in the southeastern United States.  These are not exotic woods, however, they possess a richness to the grain and figure, which is often overlooked.  The process of transforming the log into the finished bowl is a multi-month process, consisting of first evaluating the wood and carving it into a rough shape, soaking it in a solution for several months to prevent cracking, a one-month drying period, and lastly is turned again on the lathe and hollowed out to achieve its final form.

Philip Moulthrop was born in 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He started his professional life working as a lawyer.  Over several years he started to work more and more with wood, much as his father Ed Moulthrop had and eventually left the law field to work as a full-time wood turner.  His work and the work of his father and son are included in the public collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; The White House Collection of American Crafts, Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC; Yale University Art Gallery; Arizona State University Art Museum; Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA; as well as numerous others.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2014 Philip and Matt Moulthrop: New Works, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013 Philip and Matt Moulthrop: New Works, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Moulthrop: A Southern Legacy, Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
2010 Through the Woods and Around the Block, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL
2010 A Legacy in Wood, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2009 Moulthrops: Three Generations of Woodturners, The Bascom Center for Visual Arts Highlands, NC
2008 Turned Wood Bowls by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop, Racine Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2007 Moulthrop Generations: Turned Wood bowls by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2006 Wood Turned Sculptures Too, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
2006 Wood Turning Exhibition, The Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC
2006 Wood Turning on the Edge, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
2005 Vessel Invitational Series, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
2004 Beneath the Bark: Twenty-five Years of Woodturning, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT
2004 Vessel Invitational Series, Davison Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
2004 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 The Perfect Collection: A Shared Vision for Contemporary Craft, Fuller museum of Art, Brockton, MA
2003 Your Turn: Collecting Wood Art, The Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oack, MI
2003 The Moulthrop Legacy: Three Generations of Innovation in Wood, Atlanta International Museum, Atlanta, GA
2002 Wood Turning Since 1930, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2002 Defining Craft I, Davenport Museum of Art, Inc., Arlington, VA
2002 Branching Out: Contemporary Wood Turning in 2002, The Ellipse Arts Center, New Haven, CT
2002 Wood Turning Since 1930, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
2001 Head Turners, The Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
2001 Silver Selections: 25 Years of Significant Exhibitions, Madison-Moragan Cultural Center, Madison, GA
2001 Southworks 2001: Directors Choice, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc., Watkinsville, GA
2001 A Salute to Georgia Craft, Artwalk at Lenox Square, Atlanta, GA
2000 Masters of Their Craft, Fine Arts Gallery, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
2000 Alchemy in Wood, The Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak,
2000 Turning Wood into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
1999 Transformation: Contemporary Works in Wood, The Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA
1999 American Wood Turners Profile I, R. Duane Gallery, St. Louis, MI
1999 The Art of Turned Wood: Selections from the Lipton Collection, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
1999 Turned Wood ’99, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Wood and Fiber, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta,
1998 Masterworks of Contemporary Wood, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Wood, Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1998 Spotlight ’98, Juried Exhibition of the American Craft Council Southeast Region, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1998 Family Values: Art in the Family, Spruill Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1997 Recent Works from Artists Represented in the White House Collection of American Crafts, Grand Central Gallery, Tampa, FL
1997 Well Crafter Family, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
1997 From Ancient Craft to Fine Art: The Burton Creek Collection, Tifton Museum of Art and Heritage, Tifton, GA
1997 Small Treasure ’97, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997 Expressions in Wood: Masterworks from the Wornick Collection, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
1996 Ed Mouthrop/Philip Moulthrop: Continuing Traditions Two Generations of Woodturning, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1996 Collectors Choice, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
1996 American Association of Woodturners, Second Annual Biennial Exhibition, Spruill Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1996 Artists of the White House Collection, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1996 Unique Visions: Wonders in Wood, Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1996 Turn, Turning, Turned, Lathe Turned Object Exhibition, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO
1996 Crafts at Gump’s: The Helen Heninger Years, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
1995 Three Generations of Woodturning: The Making of the Art Form, Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1995 Nature Turning into Art, Ruth and David Waterbury Collection, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
1995 Points of View: Collectors and Collecting, Turned Wood Invitational Show, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1995 Turned Wood ’95, Dell Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1995 50th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1994 The Master Hand, La Jolla Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1994 Challenge V, International Lathe-turned Object Exhibition, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Hand Craftsman, Eye of an Artist, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
1993 Third National Lathe-turned Object Exhibition, Dallas, TX
1993 Spotlight -93 Southeastern Crafts, American Crafts Council, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1993 Beyond Function, Brenau University Galleries, Gainesville, GA
1993 Works in Wood, Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
1992 Out of the Woods: Turned Wood by American Craftsman, Turned Wood Exhibition Traveling Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
1992 Redefining the Lathe-turned Object, National Lathe-turned Object Exhibition, Nelson Fine Arts Center, won Purchase Award, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1992 Invitational Turned Wood Exhibition, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA
1992 Containers, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT
1992 Contemporary Wood, Banaker Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1991 “Lathe-turned Vessels Defined II: Beyond Function, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
1991 International Lathe-turned Objects: Challenge IV, Port of History Museum/Woodturning Center, Philadelphia, PA
1991 The Collector Eyes, Craft Collectors Exhibition, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1991 Craft and Painting Exhibition, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1991 Spotlight ‘91Southeastern Crafts, Juried Crafts Exhibition, American Crafts Council, Mississippi Museum of Arts, Jackson, MS
1991 Tapestry, Wood, Clay, La Jolla Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1991 Wood, The Elements Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1991 Two Person Exhibition of Turned Wood and Ceramics, Mendelson Gallery, Washington Depot, CT
1990 Situation X Style, Chastain Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1990 Benchmark: Turned Vessels 1990, Stary Sheets Gallery, Irvine, CA
1990 Contemporary Works in Wood Southern Style, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
1990 Invitational Art and Craft Exhibition, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Fine Arts, Marietta, GA
1990 Turned Wood ’90, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990 Artist’s Choice, Mendelson Gallery, Washington Depot, Ct
1990 Contemporary Masters: Current Work by Artists of the Jacobson Collection, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990 Art in Wood, Georgia Council for the Arts/Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie, GA
1989 Turned Wood 1989, Ten Arrow Gallery, Cambridge, MA
1989 Turned Wood, The Elements Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1989 Georgia Works in Wood, Etowah Arts Gallery, Cartersville, GA
1989 Polished Perfection: The Art of Turned Wood Bowls, Exhibition of Wood Turners of The Edward Jacobson Collection, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA
1989 The Art Form of Woodturning, The Hand and Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1989 Turner’s Challenge III, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1989 Artful Objects: Recent American Crafts, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
1989 Turned Wood Invitational Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR
1989 Turned Wood ’89, Del Mano Gallery, DEL MANO GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA
1988 The New Spirit: Wood, The Hand and Spirit /Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1988 Works off the Lathe: Old and New Faces II, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1988 Wood Turners, La Jolla Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1988 Gifts from the Earth, Invitational Craft Exhibit Of Turned Bowls, Sculpture, Fiber & Baskets, New Visions Gallery, Ithica, NY
1988 Turned Wood ’88, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles,
1988 Challenge, International Lathe-turned Objects Exhibition, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA
1987 Masters of Turned Wood, The Elements Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1987 Works off the Lather: Old and New Faces, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1987 Turned Wood ’87, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1987 Crafts Invitational, Regional Invitational Craft Exhibition, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1987 New Wood, New Ways, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY
1986 Spotlight ’86 Southeastern Crafts, Juried Crafts Exhibition, American Crafts Council, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
1986 American Wood Turners, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
1986 Beyond its Limits: The Art of the Wood Turned Bowl, Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA
1986 Turned Wood ’86, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Dekalb Arts ’86, Dekalb Council for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
1986 Craft Exhibition of Wood, Jewelry, & Basketry, La Jolla Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1986 Regional Craft Competition, Marietta/Cob Fine Arts Center, Marietta, GA
1986 Works in Wood, National Wood Invitational Exhibition Liberty Gallery, Louisville, KY
1986 Works in Wood ’86, The Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH
1986 Wood and Glass Invitational, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston- Salem, NC
1986 Turner Wood Vessels, The Hand and Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1985 Works in Wood ’85, The Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH
1985 Collector’s Series III, La Jolla Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1985 The Regionalist: Three Dimensional Forms, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, KY
1985 Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
1985 Nature Around Us, Marietta/Cobb Fine Arts Center, Marietta, GA
1985 Woodturning/Vision and Concept, National Invitational Turned Wood Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1984 Works in Wood ’84, The Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH
1984 Spotlight ’84 Southeastern Crafts, Juried Crafts Exhibition, American Crafts Council, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
1984 24”x24”, Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
1983 Beyond the Bowl: Turned Vessel in Wood, Cartwright Street Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1983 The New Spirit: Wood, The Hand and Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1983 Spotlight ’83 Southeastern Crafts, Sawtooth Center for Visual Design, America rafts Council, Winston-Salem, NC
1983 La Grange National VIII, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA
1983 Exhibition of Artists from the Marietta College Crafts National, The Elements Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Staley, Moulthrop, Seegers and Corlett, The Elements Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1983 A Trifecta, The Netsky Gallery, South Miami,FL
1982 Southeast ’82 Craft Competition, Florida State University, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Tallahassee, FL
1982 Wood and Fiber, The Columbia Museums of Arts and Science, Columbia, SC
1982 Spotlight ’82 Southeastern Crafts, American Crafts Council, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1982 Biennial Exhibition of Pediment Crafts, won Purchase Award, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
1982 Marietta College Crafts National ’82, Marietta College, Marietta, OH
1982 The Visual Art Exhibition/Two Weeks with Bill and Ethel, Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
1982 The Bowl, the Vase and the Box, Pritam and Eames Gallery, East Hampton, N
1981 Marietta College Crafts National ’81, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

PUBLICATIONS
2007 Moulthrop: a Legacy in Wood, Wallace, Kevin, Michael Monroe, and Mark Leach. Louisville, KY: Crescent Hill

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. 

 

Philip Moulthrop is a wood turner, son of noted wood turner Ed Moulthrop and father of Matt Moulthrop. Although Philip Moulthrop began his professional career as a lawyer, he was interested in science and did his undergraduate work in chemistry and biology. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served in Vietnam, where he became interested in photography. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson School of Law in 1978, then specialized in insurance and construction law.

Philip started learning the ways of wood from his father, acclaimed turner Ed Moulthrop, when he was about ten, but he moved on to other passions. Over time he was drawn back to wood, and in the mid-’70s he left his law practice to work as a full-time turner alongside his father. They would later be joined by Philip’s son Matt.

Philip is most famous for his mosaic bowls and pioneering his composite technique. In his innovated process “he glues and epoxies thinner branches from a tree on a turned bowl, then returns the bowl to the lathe and again turns the bowl, leaving only the specter of the original bowl whose branches float in a sea of epoxy.” He is committed to the sovereignty of the wood. Philip releases the “colors and patterns which are inherent in the wood. I would like people who see my work to feel a sense of beauty from the wood. I try to reveal the many patterns and colors which are found in the trees that we see every day.”

Philip’s work is in many major museum, private and corporate collections, and the Moulthrop family has been featured in countless newspaper and magazine articles. They were also featured in the PBS series, Craft in America.

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