Xylem Gallery

Derek Bencomo

My work expresses my harmony with nature and life in Hawaii, successfully reflected in the movement and visual rhythm I find in the wind, water and mountains. Never figurative, my work balances mass and abstract lines, capturing a sense of motion with motion while the sculptural aspects mirror the figure of the wood. Over the last decade my work has shown dramatic growth from the tradition of woodturning, where bowl or vessel is the norm, to a sculptural approach that is distinctly original. My current works feature lines that curve and stretch out in three dimensions against the subtle backdrop of wood grain. The form, line and pattern are all abstract, reflecting the natural beauty of a wave, stretch of beach and horizon.

I think what is exciting about my work now is that I have moved in a direction that focuses on the sculptural elements of my work without being inhibited by the limits that the lathe obviously places on an object.

 

The Feeling of Movement, 7th View by Derek Bencomo

The Feeling of Movement, 7th View

Hawaiian Curly Koa wood
6" h x 7" w x 6.5" d

Come to me Dancing, Wattle by Derek Bencomo

Come to me Dancing, Wattle

Wattle wood
16" x 14" x 11"

Come to me Dancing, V by Derek Bencomo

Come to me Dancing, V

Hawaiian Milo wood
16.5" x 10" x 10"