Justin Teilhet is an Ohio based artist who has been creating work for over 20 years in his Yellow Springs studio.
Teilhet’s driving force is visual simplicity and repetition, and he strives to create a sense of tranquility in his work. His latest body of work is realized in two distinct styles: the porcelain wall pieces comprised of thousands of different pieces that have been assembled into compositions, and carved wood reliefs.
The porcelain works begin with a variety of materials including porcelain, wood and resin, and utilizes hand building and mechanical techniques including extruding, slab rolling, carving, and grinding, resulting in thousands of individual pieces made in heavy repetition. The individual pieces have inconsistencies and variations in size and shape, adding to the unique nature of his compositions. The individual pieces are meticulously layered to create a flowing, dimensional composition with a tonal palette, enhancing the elegance of the work.
The wood reliefs are first carved to shape then sliced into strips which are sharpened and assembled to form the final composition.
Relying on repetition and progression as his guiding principles, Teilhet uses these individually handmade pieces to compose a work greater than the sum of its parts. Although the final works are energetic and highly textural, he strives for a minimalist design, often with the composition consisting of a single line.
Teilhet’s works can be found in the permanent collections of The Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, Aetna, New York City, The Palms Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Four Seasons, Hawaii, among others, and are included in private collections throughout the US. Additionally, he recently was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Award of Excellence and the Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio, presented a solo exhibition of his work.