John Eric Byers
John Eric Byers is a critically acclaimed artist who painstakingly hand-tools wood to create minimalist, organically inspired pieces that are primal, emotional and modernly refined. A former student of Wendell Castle, John's work is guided by a purity in form, structure and respect for use of materials. As noted in the New York Times " The carved, patterned surfaces add considerable interest to his simplified forms, as does his exquisite attention to detail."
Heralded as a leading American artist working in wood, John's pieces are in the permanent collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington,D.C., and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C. His numerous awards include a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and inclusion in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Arts.