Sustainable art is a powerful means of channeling one’s creativity into a nature project that stays true to sound ecological practices. As reclaimed wood gains attention for its use in interior design, we see more and more artists utilizing this kind of wood in their creations. The reclaimed wood movement in interior design appears to be sparking a similar trend in the fine arts. Here are three artists whose reclaimed wood creations you simply must see with your own eyes.
Henrique Oliveira: Fantasy Reclaimed Wood Sculptures
Found in some of the most prestigious museums and art galleries across North America, South America, and Europe, the intriguing and fiction-like sculptures created by artist Henrique Oliveira are making quite a splash in the art world.
Originally a painter, Oliveira now creates wooden sculptures made primarily of reclaimed wood. His wooden creations are quite grandiose in their size and stature, at times forming caves that can be walked through in admiration, and other times creating intricate and contemporary pieces of wall art. His sustainable work using reclaimed timber, which is sometimes paired with other repurposed metals, has been exhibited at museums like Miami’s Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, and Galerie Vallois in Paris.
Tracy Melton: Sustainable Tree Ring Art
One particular artist who has taken the spotlight in many people’s homes recently is Tracy Melton, an artist who works primarily with sustainable, reclaimed woods. Made most famous by his “tree ring” art, Melton emphasizes the natural rings of the wood – which reveal the age of the tree – with colorful highlights and a contemporary makeover.
Gaining his inspiration from what he sees during nature hikes, Melton prefers to maintain the continuity in his work by highlighting the natural cycle of life in every piece. His quirky and sustainable tree ring series is the perfect wall art for any space, whether placed above the bed, in the office, or even in the kitchen. Having the ability to hang and pair them at your leisure, you can also add a particular touch of your own creativity with Melton’s tree art.
Olga Oreshyna: Eco-Friendly Mosaics
As a way of making a difference in the world, and setting a prime example of how art can be explored using eco-friendly materials, Olga Oreshyna has become quite popular for her geometric mosaics on reclaimed wood. These colorful and intricate designs make the perfect piece of wall art for your accent wall, and being rather large, make the best addition to a larger room. Using various pieces of wood to create her artwork, Oreshyna’s pieces are unique in their texture and particularly edgy aesthetic on an irregular and alternative canvas. Oreshyna’s art has been featured in many exhibits across North America, and she has won many awards for her eccentric, sustainable artwork.
Whether it’s quirky wall art, geometric beauty, or physical, life-size sculptures, sustainable art is becoming more and more wide-spread in the arts community. These artists are living proof that one can preserve the delicate beauty of nature while creating new artworks. To truly believe these pieces of artwork, you must see them for yourself. Pay attention for exhibits by these artists and others like them, and see reclaimed wood in its most creative form.