About this Artist
"I want my furniture to create a rhythm for the eye, dancing with plays on symmetry while remaining balanced as a whole."
Dan Pohl never intended to be a furniture artist. He'd studied drawing and painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and collected folk and outsider art for nearly 30 years. He began making furniture ten years ago to display his collection, and became intrigued by the way the furniture could become almost sculptural and canvas-like; he found he enjoyed creating surfaces that engage the eye with movement and color. Pohl says he loosely bases his forms on classic Early American furniture, though the finished pieces are something he's not seen before a mix of classic and contemporary, with an aura of timeless charm.
Pohl works from his home studio in central Wisconsin, using traditional cabinetry techniques, mortise and tenon joints, and dove-tailed drawers. Most of the pine and poplar he uses comes from the woods outside his back door. After milling, Pohl planes each board and commences construction. It is at this point that a rhythm seems to suggest itself as he is turning spindles and building the body of the piece. Pohl works to bring that rhythm out for all the world to see.
The painting of the piece is where Pohl's experience as an oil painter takes center stage. He applies layers of traditional paints, made of powdered pigments, corn syrup, and vinegar, over a primed and detailed base layer, increasing the complexity of the designs until a kaleidoscope of colors emerges to greet the waiting eye. He then applies a shellac and finishes the pieces by combing the interiors with swirls of paint. The overall finish seems bright, but also somehow subtle.
Pohl likes to think of his finished pieces as "functional art" rather than "furniture," as his work doesn't seem to sit in a room so much as breathe and, he hopes, inspire. Pohl wants his work to look as if it could come alive.» View the full artist page of Daniel Pohl
It takes time to make great artwork. Most of the pieces we offer are created one at a time by the artist, and shipped directly to you from the artist’s studio.
Holiday Shipping Guidelines
To make sure your gift arrives by 12/25, please select the shipping method that corresponds to the shipping date listed for your item.
|Items that ship by December 22nd:||Next Day Air|
|Items that ship by December 19th:||Second Day Air|
|Items that ship by December 16th:||Ground|
Not all artists can ship for Next Day delivery. Some furniture and larger art items must ship via freight. Timing of freight shipping cannot be guaranteed. Items shipping from Canada cannot be guaranteed.
E-Gift Certificates: Perfect Last-Minute Gifts
Need a last minute gift? An Artful Home e-gift certificate is delivered straight to your recipient’s inbox, even on Christmas day—allowing them to choose their own gift of art.
To send an Art Gift Folder: during checkout, once you enter your billing and shipping information, select the check box that reads "click here to enter a gift message." On the next screen, under Special Instructions, enter "Art Gift Folder." Under "Gift Message," enter your optional personalized message.
select a product to review
Please log in
To add an item to your wish list, please log in.
Don’t have an account? Click here to register.