“Totem” freestanding sculpture by Northwest artist Leroy Setziol (1915-2005). “A composer in wood, Leroy Setziol created lyrical sculpture that honors the beauty of a material strongly identified with the Northwest. The black walnut, teak, fir, and other woods he employed enhanced his complex gridded compositions, bringing them to life. A self-taught, intuitive worker, Setziol visualized his complex carvings using the grid as an armature to frame imaginative shapes. Throughout his career, his sculpture ranged from intimate works to large-scale public commissions. Setziol’s sculpture gained greater recognition with Portland’s architectural community in 1964 when he was invited by Northwest Regionalist architect John Storrs to carve a series of large-scale relief panels for Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. Recognized for the commission’s fine quality and compatibility with Modernist architecture, Setziol subsequently was invited by many of Oregon’s leading architects to collaborate on commissioned projects. His work has been exhibited widely around the Northwest, and Setziol received several awards during his lifetime, notably the Portland AIA Artist of the Year Award and the Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts.” —Artist biography courtesy of the Portland Art Museum’s 2016 Exhibition of Leroy Setziol’s work
Year: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions: 13.5″W X 7.5″D X 25.5″H
Materials: Black walnut
Number of Items: 1
ID# OB 95-1-0801-2170
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