Nest #812

Nest #812, mixed media, 18" x 8" x 8"

Phillip Lichtenhan, a native of Tucson, credits his natural talent to his mother who minored in art at the University of Arizona, and his love of craft to his father who was a cabinetmaker in Tucson. From the time he was a small child, Phillip was an artist in his heart, soul and mind, forever seeking art experience in and out of school. He has degrees from both Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona and, in addition to pursuing his career as an artist, has taught art in numerous settings and levels.

Phillip's art can be found throughout the U.S. in public and private collections including the art museums at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Bradley University, the Tucson Museum of Art, Norwest Bank, Arizona Commerce Bank, and the Ansel Adams estate.  He is represented by the Chait Galleries Downtown in Iowa City, Iowa.

In addition to creating other wonderful forms and works of art, Phillip has created a wonderful series of bird nest sculptures using weathered industrial and found materials to weave the nests. He constructs the nests with wire, barbed wire, steel banding and other found objects, creating nests that are sometimes quite like bird nests in look and scale and other times creating nests that are larger and more mysterious. The eggs are made of high fire stoneware and are glazed with both low and high fire glazes.

Phillip says, "I love the form and color of my nests and I am particularly intrigued by the visual and poetic contrast between the pristine eggs and the mysterious quality of nests made of steel."

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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