Derek Bencomo currently lives and works in Maui, Hawaii, where he creates works of wood carving and sculpture that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing. Derek’s style is one that celebrates smooth movement and flow within a static object.
I really enjoy looking through the 2017 works in Derek’s gallery. The artist does an excellent job of smoothing the surfaces of his pieces, creating undulating bowls and concave tabletops that are so evenly polished that they appear like soft pieces of fabric or even liquid. I also really enjoy the table legs on raised works – often uneven, with well-planned inconsistencies, they look highly organic, like vines or the legs of a sea creature, lending these table pieces a sense of life.
Derek’s works manipulate the wood heavily while still managing to celebrate the natural state of it. In his works with Koa Wood, a rare wood native to Hawaii, imperfections, holes and knots become the focal point of the work.