Thomas Hucker

Thomas Hucker
Pritam & Eames
East Hampton, NY
August 10 - September 18, 2012

"Sideboard" in Ebony by Thomas Hucker

Pritam & Eames will introduce new work by Thomas Hucker on August 10 through September 18. Highly regarded as both an artist and craftsman, Hucker is deeply influenced by traditional Japanese aesthetics, as well as contemporary Italian design thinking. “His furniture combines qualities that are seemingly incompatible — buoyancy and mass, abstraction and utility, richness and plainness, says Bebe Johnson, gallery partner. “As such, he never fails to come up with sophisticated, engaging work.”

Work for his show at Pritam & Eames will include a settee, a sideboard or foyer table, a pair of ebony upholstered chairs, and a low table. Some of his presentation drawings for furniture pieces will also be included in the show.

"Settee" in wenge and silk by Thomas Hucker

While still a teenager in Pennsylvania , Hucker began a two-year apprenticeship with a German master cabinetmaker, Leonard Hilger. He continued his training in furniture making with master-craftsman Jere Osgood at Boston University ’s Program in Artisanry in the 1970s. The strong artistic and technical base that Osgood and Hilger’s instruction provided paved the way for the provocative, conceptually engaging work that would come.

Hucker’s awards include grants from The Fragrance Foundation in New York, a Fulbright-Hays grant in industrial design for year-long study at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and two National Endowment for the Arts awards; he was a five times an awardee by I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review. He has taught at New York ’s Pratt Institute and New York School of Design, California College of the Arts, San Francisco , CA , and the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee . Hucker’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts & Design and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York ; Detroit Museum of Art, MI; Los Angeles Country Museum , CA ; Museum of Fine Arts , Boston , MA ; Mint Museum , Charlotte , NC ; and The Smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington , DC .

The artist will be at Pritam & Eames on Friday, August 10, 3:00-5:00 PM to celebrate the opening of his show.

Pritam & Eames is located at 29 Race Lane, in East Hampton, New York. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM; Sunday, Noon – 4:00 PM; Closed Wednesdays.  For more information call 631-324-7111, or go to www.pritameames.com .