Gallery

A selection of works by John Casey

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

(Posthumously) by Rebecca Casey

Whether through sculpting wood or teaching philosophy, reaching the emotions and the soul of other people has been John Casey’s life work. He often explained that his search for beauty in the wood, or in a student’s mind, was about chipping away to let in the light.

In the beginning of his woodworking career, he carved linen-fold church paneling, communion rails. and built circular staircases. Later, he stopped doing that kind of work and wanted to try, along with Wendell Castle (a well-known art furniture artist), to “blur the distinction between art and craft.” He said, “I’ve been ignoring distinctions for a long time. And now I’ve decided to make it painfully obvious that I’m ignoring them.”

He asked questions like, “Why can’t furniture evoke emotions like sadness or joy?” And, “Why can’t it be fun or make statements about the state of things?”

Of Norman Jean from his “Vessel” series, John Casey said, “This is a piece of theatre. It’s a one act play without words. Based on a real-life street cross-dresser who dressed like Marilyn Monroe, it represents a melding of art and craft. She/he celebrates diversity while evoking such emotions as wonder, humor, and even shock. An intimation of the hidden value and complexity of even the oddest among us.”

In his war chest, No Exit (originally named Ark of the Covenant), we see figures trying to get out of the vortex that war creates — a Pandora’s Box of war horror.

If he reached the emotions and the soul of even one person, then his journey was a successful one.

Norman Jean

Liquor Cabinet (Qua Cordial Cellarette)

Polychromed Bass Wood (Cast Iron Base)
71″ H x 30″ W x 25″ D

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Norman Jean

Liquor Cabinet (Qua Cordial Cellarette)

Polychromed Bass Wood (Cast Iron Base)
71″ H x 30″ W x 25″ D
$150,000

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Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist

No Exit — 1984

War Chest (originally called Ark of the Covenant)

American Walnut, Cherry
20″ H x 24″ W x 16″ D

No Exit — 1984

War Chest (originally called Ark of the Covenant)

American Walnut, Cherry
20″ H x 24″ W x 16″ D
$15,000

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No Exit Panel Series — 1985

Panels for Chest

American Walnut, Cherry
(4) 15” H x 11” W
(2) 10” H x 10” W

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Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist

No Exit Panel Series — 1985

Panels for Chest

American Walnut, Cherry
(4) 15” H x 11” W
(2) 10” H x 10” W
$200 per panel

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Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist
Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist

The Preacher

Unfinished Sculpture in Multiple Parts

The Preacher

Unfinished Sculpture in Multiple Parts

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Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist

Tinker Toy Dining Set

Life Size Dining Table & Chairs

Table: 29-1/2” W x 30” H
Chairs: 14-3/4” W x 30” H

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Conan Table – 1984

Dining Table

29” H x 49” L x 28”

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Cha-No-Yu Table – 1984

Tea Ceremony Table

Mahogany, Osage Orange, and Vermillion
19-3/4” H x 28-1/2” W x 17” D

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Tinker Toy Dining Set

Life Size Dining Table & Chairs

Table: 29-1/2” W x 30” H
Chairs: 14-3/4” W x 30” H
$5,000

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Conan Table – 1984

Dining Table

29” H x 49” L x 28”
$1,500.00

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Cha-No-Yu Table – 1984

Tea Ceremony Table

Mahogany, Osage Orange, and Vermillion
19-3/4” H x 28-1/2” W x 17” D
NFS

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Japanese Style Inlaid Panel

Wall Panel

33-1/2” H x 16-1/2” W x 1/2” D
$1,000.00

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Japanese Style Inlaid Panel

Wall Panel

33-1/2” H x 16-1/2” W x 1/2” D

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Sola – 1984

Mirror

Walnut, Vermillion, Osage Orange
31” H x 16” W x 1 1/2” D

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Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist

Sola – 1984

Mirror

Walnut, Vermillion, Osage Orange
31” H x 16” W x 1 1/2” D
NFS

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Mountain Stream – 1985

2 Trays

Spalted Cherry, Maple, Rosewood, Vermillion
1-1/2” D x 21-1/2” L x 11-1/2” W

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Icarus

description

Resin
5-1/2″ H x 21″ W

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Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist

Mountain Stream – 1985

2 Trays

Spalted Cherry, Maple, Rosewood, Vermillion
1-1/2” D x 21-1/2” L x 11-1/2” W
$200.00 each

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Mad Max Warrior

Model

Wood and Resin
10-1/2” H x 6-3/4” W x 4” D

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Heart

Wood Carving

9” H x 5” W

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Windsor Chair

“Tired of traditional joinery? John Casey’s ‘Cut and Fold Windsor’ may the answer. The chair shared best of show honors at the ‘Crafts: National’ competition at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y.” —Fine WoodWorking, March/April 1986

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Ode to Phyllis Schlafly – 1984

Egg Sculpture

Cherry Ash, Rosewood, Redwood, Vermillion

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The Thinking Man

Iron Sculpture

7-1/2” H x 5-1/2” W

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Will Rogers ‘35 – 1966

Watercolor Portrait from Memory

6” x 6”

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Mad Max Warrior

Model

Wood and Resin
10-1/2” H x 6-3/4” W x 4” D
$500.00

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Heart

Wood Carving

9” H x 5” W
NFS

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Sculpture Gallery John Casey Philosopher Artist

Windsor Chair

“Tired of traditional joinery? John Casey’s ‘Cut and Fold Windsor’ may the answer. The chair shared best of show honors at the ‘Crafts: National’ competition at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y.” —Fine WoodWorking, March/April 1986

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Ode to Phyllis Schlafly – 1984

Egg Sculpture

Cherry Ash, Rosewood, Redwood, Vermillion
$500.00

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The Thinking Man

Iron Sculpture

7-1/2” H x 5-1/2” W
NFS

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Will Rogers ‘35 – 1966

Watercolor Portrait from Memory

6” x 6”
$500.00

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