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Gilson's interests stretch beyond woodturning. Along with his engineering background, he currently designs, builds, and flies radio controlled aircraft. Jazz and his work with theater and stage design have heavily influenced his work. He combines all of these experiences when he approaches the lathe. Gilson’s has lead the avant-garde impulse in wood turning, by employing paint and mixed-media approaches that try to disguise the wood.
GILES GILSON. American, 1942–
Windy Day 1989
walnut, brass, lathe-turned, pearlescent lacquer
Promised Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason. PG1999.136.4