About the artist
One of the most highly respected lathe artists in
the United States, Dennis Elliott has been a featured artist at Creations
Gallery since 1994. Interestingly, while Dennis has gained fame in the
art world for his distinctive wall sculptures, vessels, and abstract forms,
he is equally well known in a completely different respect. His first
claim to fame was as a founding member and drummer for the British/American
rock group Foreigner. In fact, one career led to the other, when Dennis'
wife, Iona, gave him a lathe attachment for his power drill. Woodworking
began as a means of relieving the anxiety of performing, but soon took
over as Dennis' primary creative outlet.
love the freedom that working in wood affords me," he says. He has
often commented that he feels a greater responsibility when creating in
wood as compared to creating music, since wood gives him only one chance
to do it right, whereas a new song can be erased and written over. "I
enjoy the excitement of each exploration," Dennis says.
His signature format, the wall sculpture, remains among his most powerful
work. Made from horizontal slices of big-leaf maple burls, they feature
centrifugal forms, radiating lines and often inserts of metal or alabaster.
Dennis explores other formats such as abstract sculptures and vessels,
some of which feature pewter and other metal components. According to
Dennis, "I can truly communicate my feelings through these works."
A wide selection of Dennis' earlier and current pieces are now on display
at the gallery.