Daniel Oates

dannybarnAn acclaimed sculpture whose work in collections and museums around the world including the Whitney Museum and The Walker Art Center, Daniel Oates creates and builds furniture and wood accessories that are about exploring and enhancing the natural sculptural properties of the wood.

Along with his wife, Dana Brandwein – they’ve partnered as a design team in the creation of small batch collections of ceramics and one of kind furniture in their Connecticut studio – under the retail name of dbO Home.

Daniel is best known in the NY art scene of the 90s for his handcrafted sculptures that blend the surreal with the everyday. An extremely skilled craftsman, he deployed a wide array of carving and casting techniques to a single sculpture. He searches for the most interesting pieces of wood in the lumberyard then lets the wood dictate the design of the piece. Most often working without plans, each piece is a fluid sculpture that takes its form from the tree itself.

Using highly figured woods sourced locally in NY, CT and MA (Black Walnut, English Elm, Big Leaf Maple) as well as the West Coast (Claro Walnut, Myrtl), Daniel often works with the live (natural) edge of the wood but enhances the rustic quality with elegantly trim steam bent or hand hewn legs. Details like mortise and tennon joints that taper and pass right through the table or bench tops add a unique signature to his work.