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
2017
Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2014
Philip and Matt Moulthrop: New Works, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013
New Works by Philip Moulthrop and Matt Moulthrop, SOFA Chicago 2013, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2010
A Legacy in Wood, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010
Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Knock Wood: New Gifts to RAM’s Wood Collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2009
Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Exposition WEST, Santa Fe, NM
2009
Philip and Matt Moulthrop, Hellner Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Moulthrops: Three Generations of Woodturners, The Bascom Center for Visual Arts
Highlands, NC
2008
All Natural Ingredients, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2008
Turned Wood Bowls by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop, Racine Art Museum,
Racine, WI
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 Oak, 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, MI
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 ’91 Southeastern 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, Ithaca, NY
1988
Turned Wood ’88, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
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 Crafts 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, NY
1981
Marietta College Crafts National ’81, Marietta College, Marietta, OH
 
COLLECTIONS
Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
United States Department of State, Art in Embassies, Washington, D.C.
The White House Collection of American Crafts, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR
American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Arkansas Art Center Museum, Little Rock, AR
The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
George Bush Library, College Station, TX
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
 
PUBLICATIONS
2007
Moulthrop: A Legacy in Wood, Wallace, Kevin, Michael Monroe, and Mark Leach.Louisville, KY: Crescent Hill, 2007

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. 

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