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Browngrotta Arts Art

About Browngrotta Arts
About Browngrotta Arts
For over 30 years, browngrotta arts has been advancing the field of contemporary fiber arts by curating and exhibiting renowned contemporary artists who celebrate the exploration of fiber art techniques and drive the unique possibilities of soft materials. Representing many of the artists who have helped define modern fiber art since the 1950s, browngrotta arts reflects the cultivated eye and intellect of its directors, husband and wife team, Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown. Founded in 1987 in Wilton, CT, browngrotta arts showcases unique sculptural and mixed media works with an emphasis on concept, supported by technique. The focus of the work is on the materials and the technical mastery of the artist as intrinsic to the significance of the work, prioritizing aesthetic value over utility. Museum-quality artworks by more than 100 international artists are represented through art catalogs, art fairs, co-partnered exhibits at museums, retail spaces, and an online gallery. browngrotta arts has published nearly 50 art catalogs and placed works in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad, including the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum. They also regularly work with architects and interior designers offering consultation for commissioned artworks and site-specific installation for commercial and residential spaces.
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The Second Cousin, Contemporary woven paper wall sculpture by Grethe Wittrock
Located in Wilton, CT
The Second Cousin is exemplary of Danish artist, Grethe Wittrock's work which often includes expanses of twisted paper strands in single colors — minimal and simple yet powerful expr...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Long Hot Summer, wall sculpture by Merja Winqvist
Located in Wilton, CT
Materials: printed florist paper, woven Winqvist applies the ideal of functionalism by simplifying the forms as much as possible, while avoiding unnecessary decoration. She has expl...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Paper

Glow, Woven mica and bronze wall sculpture by Agneta Hobin
Located in Wilton, CT
Agneta Hobin of Finland is best known for impressive works in which yellow mica has been woven into metal warp; the technique and materials are the artist’s unique choices which she ...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Hajibito (Ceramic 53), by Yasuhisa Kohyama
Located in Wilton, CT
Yasuhisa Kohyama shapes his asymmetrical forms using piano wire, creating distinctive rough surfaces. The clay with its feldspar nuggets creates a tactile quality rarely seen in cont...
Category

1990s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Relief, abstract boat wall sculpture by Jane Balsgaard
By Jane Balsgaard
Located in Wilton, CT
This abstract boat wall sculpture by Danish artist, Jane Balsgaard, is constructed with iron, bamboo, willow, fishing line and handmade plantpaper. Balsgaard is often known for her...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Birch Sculpture V, basket sculpture by Markku Kosonen
Located in Wilton, CT
Wood was integral to the artistic practice of the late Markku Kosonen of Finland. An important aspect of his work was the ability to express things; craftsmanship alone was not enoug...
Category

1990s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Found Objects, Birch

Kasuri Panel 145, Japanese Silk Textile Wall Hanging by Jun Tomita
Located in Wilton, CT
This silk ikat textile wall hanging is by Japanese fiber artist, Jun Tomita.
Category

1990s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Silk

Garden Shadows: City Shadows, Paul Furneaux, Abstract Geometric Wall Sculpture
Located in Wilton, CT
For Paul Furneaux, initially cut off from his studio in the past year, his garden became his obsession, as he undertook an extensive renovation. Returning to art making and the sprin...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Gesso, Wood, Woodcut

Interlacing-B, Braided Textile Wall Sculpture by Keiji Nio
Located in Wilton, CT
Keiji Nio is a Japan based artist who is known for impeccable tapestry and textile works. Nio’s work is done through the traditional technique of Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braid-m...
Category

Early 2000s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Nylon, Wood

Map of Warm Area, Contemporary Textile Wall Sculpture by Mia Olsson
Located in Wilton, CT
Agave sisalana, better known as sisal, is a cactus-like plant cultivated in Mexico and Central America. Known for its stiff fiber, most often used to make ropes, rugs and even constr...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile

Kuu #410, Contemporary Walnut and Maple Japanese Sculpture by Masako Yoshida
Located in Wilton, CT
The constructions Masako Yoshida envisions are built by interlacing sheets of walnut bark with string made of nettle. 
Category

Early 2000s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Maple, Walnut

No. 55 (Book of Changes), Contemporary Fiber Wall Sculpture by Eva Vargö
By Eva Vargö
Located in Wilton, CT
Eva Vargo fuses paper and linen-thread materials into her weaving techniques. No. 55 (Book of Changes) was hand woven with linen, thread, paper strings and gold leaves. This, like ma...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Danpen, Japanese Ceramic Sculpture by Yasuhisa Kohyama
Located in Wilton, CT
Yasuhisa Kohyama shapes his asymmetrical forms using piano wire, creating distinctive rough surfaces. The clay with its feldspar nuggets creates a tactile quality rarely seen in cont...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Reserve, Contemporary Hand-woven tapestry by Ane Henriksen
By Ane Henriksen
Located in Wilton, CT
In the eerily beautiful Reserve, Henriksen highlights ecological peril. "Nature is threatened,” she observes. "I hope this is expressed in my image, which at first glance can be seen...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile, Rubber, Oak, Acrylic

Light Graduation, Paper sculpture by Norie Hatakeyama
By Norie Hatakeyama
Located in Wilton, CT
Hatekayama works with factory-made paper-packing tape to realize her geometric concerns. It is an experimental material that enables her to break free from traditional limitations. ...
Category

1980s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Rice Paper

I Mirror You, Contemporary Scandinavian Woven Textile, by Åse Ljones
By Åse Ljones
Located in Wilton, CT
Materials: Hand embroidery, linen. While making I Mirror You Ljones drew inspiration from her childhood on a little farm near the fjord in the Norwegian countryside. Naturally, the ...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Thread

Complex Plaiting Series Two Force, by Norie Hatakeyama
By Norie Hatakeyama
Located in Wilton, CT
Hatekayama works with factory-made paper-packing tape to realize her geometric concerns. It is an experimental material that enables her to break free from traditional limitations. ...
Category

1990s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Paper, Textile

Return Wind, contemporary paper sculpture by Mutsumi Iwasaki
By Mutsumi Iwasaki
Located in Wilton, CT
Materials: Handmade paper, paper string, wax After working as a textile artist for nearly two decades, in 1998, Iwasaki began making both baskets and her own paper. In 2000, her new...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wax, Paper

Charcoal, contemporary paper sculpture by Mutsumi Iwasaki
By Mutsumi Iwasaki
Located in Wilton, CT
Materials: Newspaper, paper string and India ink After working as a textile artist for nearly two decades, in 1998, Iwasaki began making both baskets and her own paper. In 2000, her...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Paper, India Ink

Soul of a Big Blue Bowl, Contemporary Wall Sculpture by Jin-Sook So
By Jin-Sook So
Located in Wilton, CT
Jin-Sook So’s work is informed by her time spent in Korea, Sweden and Japan. She uses transparent steel mesh cloth, which she burns, paints, electroplates in gold or silver, sews an...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Silver, Steel, Gold Leaf

Emerging From Chaos, Contemporary Basket by Kari Lønning
By Kari Lønning
Located in Wilton, CT
Kari Lonning has been a full-time contemporary basketmaker since 1975. She is best known for her double-walled constructions and a complex weaving process she refers to as her “hairy...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile, Organic Material, Wood

Willow Basket Wave
Located in Wilton, CT
Wood was integral to the artistic practice of the late Markku Kosonen of Finland. An important aspect of his work was the ability to express things; craftsmanship alone was not enoug...
Category

1990s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Found Objects

Sound of the Fjord, Contemporary Scandinavian Woven Textile, by Åse Ljones
By Åse Ljones
Located in Wilton, CT
Åse Ljones’ hand-embroidered tapestry Sound on the Fjord reflects Ljones’ upbringing on a small rural farm, where sea and nature were close by. Ljones starts her embroidery at either...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Thread

Sai, Japanese Ceramic Sculpture by Yasuhisa Kohyama
Located in Wilton, CT
Yasuhisa Kohyama shapes his asymmetrical forms using piano wire, creating distinctive rough surfaces. The clay with its feldspar nuggets creates a tactile quality rarely seen in cont...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Paper Sculpture IV, Abstract boat sculpture by Jane Balsgaard
By Jane Balsgaard
Located in Wilton, CT
Paper Sculpture IV (2020) is part of a series of abstract boat-like objects by Danish sculptor, Jane Balsgaard. The minimalist construction consists of bamboo, piassava, willow, fish...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plexiglass, Wood, Handmade Paper, Bamboo Paper

Paper Sculpture III, Abstract boat sculpture by Jane Balsgaard
By Jane Balsgaard
Located in Wilton, CT
Paper Sculpture III (2020) is part of a series of abstract boat-like objects by Danish sculptor, Jane Balsgaard. The minimalist construction consists of bamboo, piassava, willow, fis...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plexiglass, Wood, Handmade Paper, Bamboo Paper

Paper Sculpture II, Abstract boat sculpture by Jane Balsgaard
By Jane Balsgaard
Located in Wilton, CT
Paper Sculpture II (2020) is part of a series of abstract boat-like objects by Danish sculptor, Jane Balsgaard. The minimalist construction consists of bamboo, piassava, willow, fish...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plexiglass, Wood, Handmade Paper, Bamboo Paper

Pussy Willow X, Sculpture by Finnish Artist, Markku Kosonen
Located in Wilton, CT
Kosonen's Pussy Willow X can be displayed on a surface as a vessel, or be mounted as a wall sculpture. Wood was integral to the artistic practice of the late Markku Kosonen of Finla...
Category

1990s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Found Objects

Spiral III, Willow Wall Sculpture by Finnish Artist, Markku Kosonen
Located in Wilton, CT
Wood was integral to the artistic practice of the late Markku Kosonen of Finland. An important aspect of his work was the ability to express things; craftsmanship alone was not enoug...
Category

1990s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Found Objects

Japandi, Contemporary Textile Wall Sculpture by Eva Vargö
By Eva Vargö
Located in Wilton, CT
This piece is framed in a custom hand-made white wash stained wood floater frame. Eva Vargo fuses paper and linen-thread materials into her weaving techniques to employ paper craft...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile, Wood, Poplar, Paper, Found Objects, Mixed Media

Subcontinent, Woven Newspaper Wall Hanging by Toshio Sekiji
By Toshio Sekiji
Located in Wilton, CT
Materials: Red, green, black, natural lacquer, Hindi (Delhi) and Malayalam (Kerala State) newspapers. This artwork is framed in a maple wood shadowbox with Optium Museum plexiglass. ...
Category

1990s Conceptual Abstract Paintings

Materials

Plexiglass, Oak, Textile, Tapestry, Lacquer, Paper, Found Objects, Mixed...

Tokyo Nights 'Light Reflection 2' by Grethe Sørensen
By Grethe Sørensen
Located in Wilton, CT
This contemporary abstract textile is by Danish fiber artist, Grethe Sørensen (b. 1947, Viborg, Denmark). Often turning an unfocused camera lens to urban cities, Sørensen's tapestrie...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Cotton

Human, Contemporary Hand-woven tapestry by Ane Henriksen
By Ane Henriksen
Located in Wilton, CT
Materials: Linen (from Japan) warp, silk (from China) weft. Danish artist Ane Henriksen has been creating pictorial wall tapestries since the 1980s. She “possesses a very rare degre...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile

Orange Pleats, Contemporary Textile Wall Sculpture by Mia Olsson
Located in Wilton, CT
Orange Pleats is made of sisal fibers, dyed and formed in a technique unique to Mia Olsson. The sisal fibers used by the Swedish artist are shiny and reflect the light, even more whe...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile

Blue/Purple Pleats, Contemporary Textile Wall Sculpture by Mia Olsson
Located in Wilton, CT
Blue/Purple Pleats is made of sisal fibers, dyed and formed in a technique unique to Mia Olsson. The sisal fibers used by the Swedish artist are shiny and reflect the light, even mor...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile

Sen Man Na Yu Ta, Contemporary Japanese Woven Wall Sculpture by Kyoko Kumai
Located in Wilton, CT
This steel thread woven wall sculpture was constructed by Japanese fiber artist, Kyoko Kumai. "Thin pieces of stainless steel wire mass-produced in a factory are inorganic and monot...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

15 Black Boxes, Wall Sculpture by Jin-Sook So
By Jin-Sook So
Located in Wilton, CT
This abstract geometric wall sculpture was done by fiber artist, Jin-Sook So (b. 1950, Korea). So’s work is informed by her time spent in Korea, Sweden and Japan. She uses transpar...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Silver, Steel, Gold Leaf

Into Black, Gudrun Pagter, Abstract geometric tapestry
By Gudrun Pagter
Located in Wilton, CT
Pagter’s minimalism is emblematic of the shared sensibilities of Scandinavian and Japanese artists, popularly termed 'Japandi'. Into Black is one in a three part series. “In the ref...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile, Linen, Thread

Into Red, Gudrun Pagter, Abstract geometric tapestry
By Gudrun Pagter
Located in Wilton, CT
Pagter’s minimalism is emblematic of the shared sensibilities of Scandinavian and Japanese artists, popularly termed 'Japandi'. Into Red is one in a three part series. “In the refin...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile, Linen, Thread

Into Blue, Gudrun Pagter, Abstract geometric tapestry
By Gudrun Pagter
Located in Wilton, CT
Pagter’s minimalism is emblematic of the shared sensibilities of Scandinavian and Japanese artists, popularly termed 'Japandi'. Into Blue is one in a three part series. “In the refi...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Textile, Linen, Thread

Four Seasons
Located in Wilton, CT
Winqvist applies the ideal of functionalism by simplifying the forms as much as possible, while avoiding unnecessary decoration. She has explained that in the parts of her works that...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Paper

Bow-White
By Masakazu Kobayashi
Located in Wilton, CT
"[Masakazu Kobayashi's] woven Waves in dyed threads rank[s] among the most perfect in aesthetic effectiveness ever produced by contemporary weaving….This Japanese way of conjuring up...
Category

1990s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Permutation 7
By Tamiko Kawata
Located in Wilton, CT
Discarded materials are important to Tamiko Kawata, not only for environmental issues but also to reflect her current life. Her choice of materials and interpretation are influenced ...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood Panel, Pins, Textile, Canvas

Staplers (1976), Woven Paper Sculpture by Ed Rossbach
By Ed Rossbach
Located in Wilton, CT
Ed Rossbach was known for experimenting by using unexpected materials and symbols in his baskets, vessels, and assemblages including plastic, cotton balls, cardboard and iconic image...
Category

1970s Pop Art Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Paper

Ceramic 13, Japanese Ceramic Sculpture by Yasuhisa Kohyama
Located in Wilton, CT
Yasuhisa Kohyama shapes his asymmetrical forms using piano wire, creating distinctive rough surfaces. The clay with its feldspar nuggets creates a tactile quality rarely seen in cont...
Category

Early 2000s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Marco, Mid-Century Polish Tapestry by Zofia Butrymowicz
Located in Wilton, CT
Zofia Butrymowicz (1904-1987, Warsaw, Poland) was one in a select group of Polish textile artists who were first introduced in Chicago, USA in the 1970s by legendary dealers Anne and...
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Wool

Silver Waves, Contemporary Tapestry by Adela Akers
By Adela Akers
Located in Wilton, CT
Silver Waves, Adela Akers, linen, horsehair, paint & metal foil, 63” x 24”, 2014 “There is a mathematical discipline in the way the work is constructed,” ​says Akers. “This mathemat...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Foil

Angled Blue, Contemporary Geometric Tapestry by Adela Akers
By Adela Akers
Located in Wilton, CT
Adela Akers (b. 1933, Santiago de Compostela, Spain) is a Spanish-born textile and fiber artist. She is Professor Emeritus (1972 to 1995) at the Tyler School of Art. Her career as an...
Category

1980s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wool, Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Linen

"Lyric Space" Contemporary Korean Textile Wall Sculpture
Located in Wilton, CT
"Lyric Space" Korean silk fabric and handmade ramie threads, maple floater frame. This contemporary silk textile piece is by Korean fiber artist, Shin Young-Ok (b. 1949, Korea). You...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Silk, Thread

Fractured III (Red), Vintage Paper Straw Wall Sculpture by Karyl Sisson
Located in Wilton, CT
Karyl Sisson’s Fractured III, makes use of vintage paper drinking straws to graphically represent in red and white the discontents seen and felt in America as the country grappled wi...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Paper, Found Objects, Polymer

Tonos Rojos, Carolina Yrarrázaval, handwoven textile
Located in Wilton, CT
This handwoven contemporary textile sculpture, Tonos Rojos, was done by Chilean fiber artist, Carolina Yrarrázaval (b. 1960). Yrarrázaval explains her inspiration and technique: "T...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Linen

Azul, Carolina Yrarrázaval, handwoven textile
Located in Wilton, CT
This handwoven contemporary textile sculpture, Azul, was done by Chilean fiber artist, Carolina Yrarrázaval (b. 1960). Yrarrázaval explains her inspiration and technique: "Througho...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Linen

Mineral II, Carolina Yrarrázaval, handwoven textile
Located in Wilton, CT
This handwoven contemporary textile sculpture, Mineral II, was done by Chilean fiber artist, Carolina Yrarrázaval (b. 1960). Yrarrázaval explains her inspiration and technique: "Th...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Cotton, Linen

Brocado en Lino, Carolina Yrarrázaval, handwoven textile
Located in Wilton, CT
This handwoven contemporary textile sculpture, Brocado en Lino, was done by Chilean fiber artist, Carolina Yrarrázaval (b. 1960). Yrarrázaval explains her inspiration and technique: ...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Cotton, Fabric, Textile, Linen

Rojo, Carolina Yrarrázaval, handwoven textile
Located in Wilton, CT
This handwoven contemporary textile sculpture, Rojo, was done by Chilean fiber artist, Carolina Yrarrázaval (b. 1960). Yrarrázaval explains her inspiration and technique: "Througho...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Linen

Journey Trees III, Sara Brennan, hand-woven textile wall sculpture
Located in Wilton, CT
Journey Trees III, linens and swing threads, 8" x 8" x 1", 2021. This figurative woven textile piece is by UK-based textile artist, Sara Brennan (b. 1963, Edinburgh, Scotland). She ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Thread, Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Linen

Journey Trees IV, Sara Brennan, hand-woven textile wall sculpture
Located in Wilton, CT
Journey Trees IV, linens and swing threads, 7.5" x 8" x 1", 2021. This figurative woven textile piece is by UK-based textile artist, Sara Brennan (b. 1963, Edinburgh, Scotland). She...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Linen, Thread

"Abstract" Neha Puri Dhir, Contemporary Hand-dyed Textile
Located in Wilton, CT
Abstract, Neha Puri Dhir, patchwork of resist dyed cotton, 37.5” x 73”, 2014 Fiber artist, Neha Puri Dhir (1983, Inda) explains her motives and feelings behind this colorful, geomet...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Paintings

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Cotton, Dye

Ribbed Structure, Abstract Vessel Sculpture by Gyöngy Laky
By Gyöngy Laky
Located in Wilton, CT
Ribbed Structure, Gyöngy Laky, london plane tree, electrical wire, 26" x 24" x 24", 1988. This organic mixed media sculpture was done by San Francisco-based artist, Gyöngy Laky (b...
Category

1980s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Found Objects

Form on Black and Blue, Abstract Geometric Tapestry, Gudrun Pagter
By Gudrun Pagter
Located in Wilton, CT
Form on Black and Blue, Gudrun Pagter, linen, sisal, and flax, 63” x 55”, 2020. Gudrun Pagter is a Denmark-based artist that is known for creating exquisite woven tapestries. Pagter...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Tapestry, Thread

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