Leon Niehues

New Basketry

Leon Niehues Front Of Basket

Leon Niehues Back Of BasketEmery Cloth Bird, 2015
3-M emery cloth, white oak, brass and stainless steel machine screws: 20″ x 12″ x 15″
Lent by the artist

Leon Niehues is a studio basket maker living and working in Huntsville, Arkansas. Using the young white oak trees that grow in the Ozarks and traditional splint techniques, he has added innovative ideas, new construction methods, and simple design elements that transform traditional baskets into exciting contemporary pieces. He was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage in 2005. His baskets have been feature in the New York Times, American Craft magazine, and Craft Arts International. He exhibits throughout the U.S., and his work is included in the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock; the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin; the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia; and the White House Craft Collection in Washington, D.C.

Beyond the Basket

Leon Niehues Ribbed BasketBentwood Sphere, 2015
White oak, brass and stainless steel machine screws, natural walnut-hull dye: 22″ x 17″ x 20″
Lent by the artist

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