Hand carved platter, painted with India inks.
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One of Keoni’s most interesting pieces, this small platter is deceptively quiet with predominant colors of black and tan. The center floral motif is highly stylized and the red band connects to create a remarkable larger pattern. Created by master craftsman, Keoni, two-time Smithsonian artist, CM Russell artist and winner of numerous awards.
A self-taught, second generation wood artisan, Keoni Carlson’s work explores shape, texture, color, and complex patterns. His work reimagines wood as woven and beaded basketry inspired by Native American storytelling, legend, and mythology. Keoni takes simple, functional shapes and transforms them into touchable illusions that blur the craft/fine art distinction. Keoni uses fire, ink, and sharpened steel to create his pieces, which are story-driven. As he carves and colors, the narrative emerges.
Wood art is the tree that lives on the warmth and shade and protection sustained and brought inside. Listen well and the wood will speak.