STEVE HAZLETT – AMERICAN FOLKCRAFT
Steve Hazlett is an Artist and a craftsmam. his works are somewhat primitive and crude in appearance resembling pieces from long ago. He try to create an object handcrafted in the 19th century style as from rural folk artists by using own personal interpretation of the original object based on historical information.
In its objects it incorporates ancient copper, tin and iron pieces of wood salvaged from old buildings and barns built during the 19th century.
Using chisels, knives, saws and knives to carve his handcrafted pieces. Buttermilk paint is the most accurate historical choice for completing the objects like in the 1800.
“Folk art in its truest sense is an expression of the common people depicting their life and beliefs. I want to carry on this folk craft tradition and present my work much like these unknown artists did during the 19th century.” – Steve H.
In his painting style, Steve try to reproduce an as-found original interpretation of the object by applying the buttermilk paint in numerous layers and then using techniques to age the finish and cause discoloration, yellowing and the accumulation of surface dirt and embedded grime on the object.
the work has been on display and for sale at The American Folk Art Museum in New York City and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum gift shop. Actually included in the 2015 Early American Life directory