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DEREK BENCOMO

b. 1962, Torrance, California

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Bishop Museum, The Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts, Honolulu, HI

Fine Arts Museum, Houston, TX

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M. H de Yong Museum, San Francisco, CA

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI,

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

State Historical Foundation of Culture and Arts, Honolulu, HI

Texas State Bank, McAllen, TX

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor, MI

Woodturning Center, Philadelphia, PA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012 Turned Wood - Small Treasures, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,

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2006 Our Turn Now: Artists Speak Out in Wood, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

2004-06 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, Touring

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

2005 A Nation Enchanted Form: Woodturning Artists across North America, AAW, St. Paul, MN

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Philadelphia, PA

Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL & New York, NY

2002-05 Enriched by Diversity: The Art of Hawaii, Inaugural exhibition, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

2004 Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Hawaii Craftsmen State Exhibition, Honolulu, HI, Award of Excellence

2003 Into the Woods, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Solo Exhibition: New Work, Maui Crafts Guild, Paia, Maui, HI

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe, NM

2002 Solo Exhibition, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Across the Grain: North American Woodturning Since 1930, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Collectors' Choice, Collectors of Wood Art Forum, SOFA, Chicago, IL

Branching Out: Contemporary Wood Turning in 2002, Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, TX

First Hawaiian Contemporary Museum: Solo Exhibition, The Contemporary Museum,

Honolulu, HI

2001-02 Wood Turning in North America since 1930, Touring

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2001 Turned Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Out on a Limb, Wood Turning and Carving Invitational, Vermont State Craft Center,

Burlington, VT

Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

Collectors of Wood Art Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2000 The Fine Art of Wood: the Bohlen Collection, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

1999 The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection, M. H. de Young Museum,

San Francisco, CA

1998 Hawaii Craftsmen 1998, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI

1997-98 Expressions In Wood: Masterworks from the Wornick Collection,

American Craft Museum, New York, NY

McAllen International Museum, McAllen, TX

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

The Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA

1997 The Renwick at 25, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1996 Art Maui, Maui Cultural Center, Maui, HI

Group Invitational, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA and touring

Hawaii Craftsmen 1996, Three 1st Place Awards, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI

Woods of Hawaii, Juried Exhibition, Hawaii Forest Industry, Honolulu, HI

1995 Hawaii Craftsmen 1995, Academy Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI

Nature Turning Into Art: The Ruth and David Waterbury Collection of Turned Wood Bowls, The Carleton Art Gallery, Carlton College, Northfield, MN

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2004 500 Wood Bowls: Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin. Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions. Wallace, Kevin. Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Nature Transformed: Wood Art from The Bohlen Collection. Ulmer, Sean. Hudson Hills Press, Manchester, VT.

2003 Wood Art Today: Furniture, Vessels, Sculpture. Meilach, Dona. Schiffer Publications, Westchester, PA.

2002 Collectors Choice, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2001 Wood Turning in North America Since 1930. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

2000 The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection. Fike, Bonita. Abbeville Press, New York, NY.

1999 Transformation 2: Contemporary Works in Wood, The Society of

Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA

Contemporary Turned Wood: New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin. Hand Books Press, Madison, WI.

1996 Expressions In Wood: Masterworks from The Wornick Collection. Cooke, Edward; Kangas, Matthew & Perreault, John. Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.

The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection,

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA

Nature Turning into Art: The Ruth and David Waterbury Collection, Carleton Art College Gallery

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

One morning I was out surfing early by myself. I was thinking about my work as I was paddling out asking myself how and why do I come up with these designs. As I was paddling over the reef, I was looking down at all the sea life swimming below me, beautiful fish swaying and slicing in the water. The waves in front of me were cresting and peaking, beautiful and powerful. The soft breeze blowing ripples across the water. As I got out to the break I looked towards shore. The palm trees were swaying and rocking back and forth in the winds. All of these things were happening at the same time, and in a way I was also part of it. I soon realized that this is why my work looks the way it looks.

I can go into my studio and get totally absorbed in my work and be at peace with myself. Now that I am more mature in my art I feel privileged that I can bring together my personal life with my art life and to live in complete harmony. One sanctuary.

As I look at the curves of my work I can see my self sliding down a wave, looking at how the lip of the vessel folds over reminds me of the lip of the wave curling over me. If you hold the piece up to your ear, you can almost hear the roar of the sea. 
I am a artist who values the freedom from strict form. It takes stamina for a tree to grow. I find great joy in the integrity of each individual piece as I guild it into a new life. It is a delicate transformation, a synthesis of my creative energy and the indigenous energy stored in the trees.
Life is good, if you enjoy what you are doing. My life is good. 
Aloha, Derek Bencomo

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Derek Bencomo was born in Los Angeles, California on October fourth 1962, and was raised on the southern California coast. He spent many days on the beach surfing and bicycling.

Derek's interest in woodworking did not develop until he started buying restorable antique furniture for his own use. Derek appreciated the fine workmanship and the beauty of the natural grains of the woods.

In 1984 the congestion of the city and the crowding of the beaches no longer fitted Derek's low key life style and he and his wife moved to Hawaii and finally settled on the Island of Maui. In Hawaii his exposure to exotic woods and the history and quality of Hawaiian craftsmanship convinced Derek to become a wood worker.

Having no wood working experience at the time, Derek had to teach himself, and as a result, developed his unique techniques and style. It took three long years before Derek considered his work to be of gallery quality, but has since that time established himself to be one of the top wood workers in the United States. Derek considers himself to still be learning and developing his skill.

He is a self-taught wood turner who values the freedom from strict form. It takes stamina for a tree to grow on an island and Derek's sensitive caress across the finished wood reflects his appreciation of the secret beauty of the exotic Maui timbers. He finds great joy in the integrity of each individual piece as he guilds it into a new life as bowls and vessels. It is a delicate transformation, a synthesis of the creative energy of a man and the indigenous energy stored in the trees.

Derek's work can be seen year round at select locations throughout the United States. Derek's work can be seen exclusively on Maui at his Lahaina studio. Derek invites visitors to his studio and also demonstrates his wood turning and carving techniques. Derek now teaches his skills of wood turning with others using his unique hands on approach. Derek also enjoys working directly with clients creating one of a kind pieces of art. Derek's work is collected by museums and private collectors in the United States and from around the world.

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