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Black Lotus

1996 Ron Fleming Born: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1937 ebony 3 3/4 x 5 5/8 x 5 7/8 in. diam. (9.6 x 14.4 x 14.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003) 2003.60.16 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"When I did illustrations of flowers, I started to see vessel forms within them, and I realized that the turnings could provide a great canvas for turning these forms." Ron Fleming, Fine Woodworking, 1993

Luce Center Label

Ron Fleming turns and hollows his shapes and then draws directly onto the wood, using the color and movement of the grain to guide his design. Balance is important, and Fleming walks around his sculptures several times, making small changes to ensure the composition works from every angle. His detailed pieces balance the fragility of petals and leaves with the strength and durability of wood.


Object - flower - lotus

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - ebony

About Ron Fleming

Born: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1937

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