Pritam & Eames, The Gallery of Original Furniture
The Gallery of Original Furniture


P&E's inaugural exhibit at The Gallery at Somes Sound showcases furniture by Garry Knox Bennett, Wendell Castle, Jere Osgood, Kristina Madsen, William Walker, Don Miller, Judy Kensley McKie, James Schriber, Richard Scott Newman, Tom Hucker, David Ebner, Timothy Philbrick, Peter Sandback, Andy Buck, Fran Taubman, Duncan Gowdy, Gary Magakis, Tim Coleman, and Ted Blachly. P&E North will also represent painters Karen Kluglein and Aubrey Grainger; lighting designers Sam & Noel Hilliard; ceramist Fred Johnston; jewelers Terri Logan and Tia Kramer; glass artist Sam Stang; lacquer master Yuji Kubo; and metalsmith Maurice Hamburger.

Our first featured show, Garry Knox Bennett: Inside, opened on May 15, and highlights work by this towering figure in the American studio furniture movement. Our second featured show, New Furniture by Thomas Hucker and Brian Newell, opens on August 1, and will showcase work by two stars of 21st-century American furniture: Tom Hucker and Brian Newell.




Pritam & Eames North is featuring the distinctive furniture of Thomas Hucker and Brian Newell at the Gallery at Somes Sound (GSS), Mount Desert Island, Maine, in an exhibition that runs through October 15.  

We’ve long felt that the work of these two artist-craftsmen push the boundaries of what’s possible in furniture making – as a result, they never fail to come up with sophisticated, original pieces. Although Hucker and Newell may draw upon traditional furniture forms, those precepts get run through their eccentric systems which results in a personal poetic that is unmistakably theirs. Both are enormously gifted artists who chose furniture as their vehicle for creative expression and who, as a result, helped shape a powerful movement in the 20th and 21st century decorative arts.

Hucker and Newell work in different parts of the country – Hucker in Hoboken, NJ and Newell in Fort Bragg, CA – but these two exemplars of American studio furniture share common ground. Each has a deep respect for the materials they use, which is most often wood. Both are deeply influenced by traditional Asian aesthetics, and both are hopelessly obsessive to get to the edge in their work. Further, they were trained by two of the most influential teachers in the studio furniture field: Tom Hucker studied with Jere Osgood at the Program in Artisanry at Boston University in the late 1970s, and Brian Newell’s life was forever changed when he came into contact with James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, CA in the early 1980s. 

Some background:
Tom Hucker
(b. 1955 in Bryn Mawr, PA) received his Certificate of Mastery from Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in 1980. While in Boston, he also studied the Japanese tea ceremony, attending the Urasenke school from 1977 to 1980. In 1982 he was an artist-in-residence at Tokyo University of Fine Arts.  In 1989, he received a Fulbright grant to study interior and industrial design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. Hucker’s furniture often combines qualities that are seemingly incompatible — buoyancy and mass, abstraction and utility, richness and plainness. Although his work is influenced by traditional Japanese craft and contemporary Italian design, he also taps into de Kooning, Noguchi and Coltrane.

Hucker’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design (formerly the American Craft Museum), New York, NY; the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY: the Detroit Institute of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His work has been featured in museum exhibitions like Inspired by China at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA, in 2006; The Maker’s Hand at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2004; and the seminal New American Furniture exhibition in 1989, also at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Tom Hucker designs and fabricates custom furniture and lighting in his small shop in Hoboken, NJ, where he settled in 1990.

As a teenager in Flushing, MI in the 1970s, Brian Newell was already carving signs for local stores. Pierced carving by chisel would become his trademark. Eventually he found his way to the College of the Redwoods, CA where he trained with the legendary cabinetmaker, James Krenov. While no apostle to Krenov’s quiet furniture philosophy, the virtuosity of Newell’s work, nevertheless, exhibits the same finesse in the handling of wood as his teacher’s.

In 1997, Brian Newell married Mari Ito, a textile artist, and settled in her native Japan for the next ten years. There as a result of isolated studio space provided by his Japanese mother-in-law, he was granted an enviable, uninterrupted period of time in which he produced a dazzling body of work that made apparent his enormous gift to create furniture forms with forceful authority and breathtaking detail. In 2001, Newell had a solo exhibition at the Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan, which was followed with two one-person shows at Pritam & Eames, East Hampton, NY in 2004 and 2007.  

Newell has received two Windgate Fellowships for artist residencies – one at College of Arts + Design, University of New York, Purchase, NY in 2010, and one at San Diego State University, CA in 2014. His furniture was also featured in the Inspired by China exhibit at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA in 2006. The Michigan native maintains two workshops: one in Fort Bragg, CA and another in Atsugi, Japan.  

Courting Chair
Walnut, Thai silk blend.
25”H x 40”W x 18”D
Fan Table
SA Swetina mahogany, ebonized Philippine mahogany.
14”H x 67”W x 34”D
Walnut, holly.
30”H x 51” Diameter

Walnut, holly.
35”H x 20”W x 20”D
Shaped Side Tables
American walnut.
21”H x 26”W x 16"D
Wall-hung Cabinet
Bog cedar (jindei), persimmon.
8”H x 24”W x 9”D
Macassar ebony.
20”H x 24”W x 18”D
Side Tables
24”H x 20”W x 20”D
Six-Footed Vessel with Spoon
African blackwood.
1.75”H x 4”W x 2"D
Three-Footed Vessel
African blackwood.
2.5”H x 3.75”W x 2.25”D
Long Three-Footed Vessel
African blackwood.
2.5”H x 10”W x 2”D
MAY 15 -- AUGUST 15

Garry Knox Bennett has been a formidable figure in the American studio furniture movement for more than five decades. He's known for his unexpected combination of materials, inexhaustible creativity and drive, meticulous craftsmanship, and provocative, robust humor. It's not surprising that this imposing figure in the studio furniture field stands at 6-feet 9-inches.

Although we'd seen Garry's work over the years in museum exhibits, gallery shows and numerous publications, our real introduction came about last year when we spent an evening with he and his wife, Sylvia, in their Oakland, CA home. It was there that we got a glimpse into how this artist thinks about things and how he lives. The furniture and art that he chooses to surround himself with -- all made by Bennett or his artist friends -- reveals an ultra-refined sensibility coupled with an artist's eye for color and form and an unapologetic embrace of utility. "It is the function of painting, sculpture or drawing to reveal the subjective feelings of the artist; it is the function of furniture making to make an objective record of reality to provide visual, ass-supporting truths about the real world of weight, storage and velocity" he says. Garry Knox Bennett: Inside will feature chairs, tables, benches, lamps and wall art drawn from Bennett's Oakland home. For this Maine show, we've tried to convey a sense of this Bay Area artist with this selection of pieces that he's made over the years.

Zig-Zag Chair
Walnut, upholstered embossed leather, matte silver-plated copper, ColorCore.
32.75"H x 27"W x 32"D

Garry Knox Bennett was born in Alameda, CA in 1934, and entered California College of the Arts (CCA) as a painter in 1959. While at CCA, he also studied sculpture and pursued both disciplines with modest success for about seven years. In the early 1960s, he met Wayne Thiebaud and Mel Ramos, Jack Ogden and other influential California artists. It was then that he decided he had a long way to go as a painter and turned to object making. His first enterprise in the 1960s was a metal plating and jewelry business that featured a very successful line of roach clips.

Chair Painting
Chair, wood panel, paint.
47.5"H x 36.5"W x 12.5"D

His exhibition history includes a number of solo and group exhibitions at museums across the country and abroad, such as California's museums of art in San Francisco and Oakland; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; and Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY.

Bronze Side Table
Cast bronze.
20"H x 20"W x 20"D

The California native has been the subject of numerous books, articles, and exhibition catalogues including New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furniture Makers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1989, and The Maker's Hand: American Studio Furniture 1940-1990, also published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003. Two books are of special interest: Made in Oakland: The Furniture of Garry Knox Bennett [American Craft Museum, 2001] New York, NY, and Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker [Bellevue Arts Museum, 2006] Bellevue, WA. In addition to chronicling the fabulous body of work produced in Bennett's 50-plus year career, these books include essays and interviews by Arthur Danto, late professor emeritus of philosophy, Columbia University; Edward S. Cooke, Charles F. Montgomery Professor, History of Art, American Decorative Arts and Material Culture, Yale University; and Glenn Adamson, Nanette L. Laitman Director, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY that lend a scholarly gravitas and locates his work in the continuum of history of design and art over the last century and a half. Both publications will be available at P&E North.

Bennett's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Fine Arts Museum, Mobile, AL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal, Canada; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Oakland Museum of California. Bennett has maintained his studio in his beloved Oakland, CA since 1966.

Wood, Thonet café chair, aluminum, ColorCore, lacquer.
37.5”H x 31”W x 15”D
Stubby Stark Chair
Yellow cedar, aluminum, upholstered velvet.
29”H x 16”W x 22”D
Daffodil Table Lamp
Wood, hand-blown glass, cast bronze, lamp parts, epoxy, silver, 23kt matte gold-plating.
18”H x 6”W x 6”D
Sylvia's Table
Curly clear-heart redwood.
29.125”H x 49.75”W x 29.75”D
White Chair
Painted wood, upholstered canvas duck, 23kt gold-plated brass, stainless steel wire.
29.5”H x 18”W x 22”D
Branch Lamp
Lucite, wood, tree branch, brass, powder-coated steel, lamp parts, paint.
30”H x 14”W x 14”D
Green Trochère
Wood, plexiglass, 23kt gold-plated brass, lamp parts, enamel paint, lacquer.
72.5”H x 19.5”W x 13”D
African mahogany.
32”H x 60”W x 22.5”D


Trestle Table
Popcorn ash, ash, Claro walnut.
29.5"H x 92"W x 42"D
Spring Floor Lamp
Mahogany, wenge, quaking aspen.
65"H x 12"W x 10.5"D, shade 17"diameter
Tall Red Table
Honduran mahogany, poplar, hand painted surface pattern of milk paint, graphite, lacquer.
29”H x 16”W x 16”D
Cookie Tin Banjo
Cookie tin, Honduran mahogany, rosewood, ebony.
12”H x 30”W x 2.25”D
The Moon's Light
Stained ash.
16.375"H x 48"W x 21.5"D
Book Chair
Twisted sassafras, spalted maple.
25”H x20”W x 16”D
Scallion Coat Rack
Bleached & painted ash.
69"H x 12"W x 14.5"D
MFA Bench
Poplar, paint.
16''H x 36''W x 15''D
AUBREY GRAINGER - Oil Paintings on Canvas
Oil paint on canvas.
21”H x 17”W
Grand Marnier
Oil paint on canvas.
18”H x 15”W
Glimpse of the Pond
Oil paint on canvas.
With frame: 35.75”H x 46”W x 1.75”D
Keyhole Mirror
22” diameter x 2.5”D
Spring Coat Rack
Walnut, brass.
56”H x 32”W x 4.5”D
Ridge Pendant
Hand poured Bronze frame, hand cut and fused Lily White glass.
11.5"H x  24"W x 24"D
FRED JOHNSTON - Woodfired North Carolina Clay
Pea Fowl Motif Vase I
Wood fired, salt glazed with copper glaze. Made from wild local clay.
17"H x 10"W x 10"D
Pea Fowl Motif Vase II
Wood fired, salt glazed with copper glaze. Made from wild local clay.
19.5"H x 11"W x 11"D
2-Handle Buzzard Vase
Chrome red glaze. Made from wild local clay.
15"H x 8.5"W x 8.5"D
KAREN KLUGLEIN - Paintings: Watercolor on Paper
Cedar Point Rocks
16”H x 22”W
Camellia Bud
10”H x 10”W
St. George (Gulf of Mexico)
19”H x 29”W
TIA KRAMER - Jewelry of Recycled Silver & Handmade Paper
Nestled Quarter Spheres Earrings
YUJI KUBO - Japanese Lacquerware
Box of Nine Drawers
Urushi lacquer over wood.
13”H x 12”W x 7.25”D
Lacquer on wood.
4"H x15.5"diameter
Swing Leg Table
Bubinga, ebony, gesso.
29”H x 30”W x 13.75”D; extended: 29H" x 48.5”W x 30”D
Emerson Cabinet
Bronze, blackened steel.
43"H x 36"W x 14"D
Griffin Cabinet
Carved Mahogany, Milk Paint.
21"H x 21"W x 4 "D
Ram Bench
Indiana Limestone.
17.5"H x 47.5"W x 17"D
Owl Vessel
Cast Bronze
44"H x 14" diameter
Comb V Shelf
Bleached ash.
10"H x 38"W x 12D"
Mahogany, Ebony.
34.5"H x 45.5"W x 20"D
Curly maple, snakewood, satinwood, ebony, bone, gold-plated brass.
38”H x 11.75”W x 3.5”D
Spring Tables
Walnut, ash.
23.5"H x 29.5"W x 17.5"D
Club Chair
Claro walnut, Spinneybeck leather.
38"H x 31W" x 31”D
Oval Nail Table
Wenge, aluminum nail inlay.
16”H x 72”W x 25”D
Dining Table
29"H x 54"diameter
Photo: John Kane
Plate Console Table
Bronze, steel, copper, glass.
31.25”H x 48”W x 18"D
Plate End Table
Patinaed steel, glass.
19.75”H x 20”W x 20"D
Side Table
”H x ”W x "D
Please plan to visit and enjoy the fine art and furniture of PRITAM & EAMES at our new location, The Gallery at Somes Sound (GSS), meet Tyra Hanson, director of GSS, and enjoy the extraordinary surrounding beauty of Acadia National Park.
Tyra A. Hanson - Director
1112 Main Street, Somesville, ME 04660



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