Counter, porcelain, 22x17x10 cm
Selva, porcelain, 8.75x6.75x4 in
Vieques, porcelain, 15x6x5 in
Ipanema, porcelain, 17x7.5x7 in
Nova, porcelain, 14x6x5 in, SOLD
Moving On, porcelain, 8x8x3 in
Seeming Silence, porcelain, 8x12x3.5 in
Wall Sculpture, porcelain, 14x6x5 in
Sconce with Frog, porcelain
Leaf Sconce with Two Frogs and Butterfly, porcelain
Elegant and graceful, Curtis Benzle’s sculptures gently echo the natural world. Functioning as an experience of nature rather than a reproduction of it, his work pares down landscape to its essence. In Benzle’s words, he hopes to reveal “the emotional content of a moment instead of a specific visual representation.” With rich color and layered patterning, he unites inner with outer, light with shadow, and simplicity with complexity
Benzle’s desire is to construct objects that are emotionally positive and beautiful. Strangely enough, that goal is a bit dangerous. While society may find value in objects deemed beautiful, the art world can be dismissive. Yet, it remains at the heart of Benzle’s aesthetic drive. His desire is “to give form to feeling.” Through pattern, color, and light, he taps into what he deems “fundamental life forces.” By their very nature, such forces have in them an element of beauty.
Curtis Benzle received his B.F.A. from the Ohio State University in 1972 and his MA from Northern Illinois University in 1978. He is Professor Emeritus at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH), while maintaining his studio in Huntsville. Curtis Benzle is represented in major museums and collections around the world, including the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the White House Collection. His signature works are translucent, porcelain sculptural vessels.
(Excerpted from an article by Chris Yates for “Clay Art International”)