|John H. Risley|
U. S. Army Information and Education section from 1942-1946 and was stationed in Tokyo. He later trained as a sculptor, receiving his BFA in 1949 from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in 1950 from the Cranbrook Academy. He taught at the Cranbrook Academy for a year after completing his studies. He was an art professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, from 1954-1987.
His sense of humor brought him international attention for his satirical line drawings of birds, animals and pompous, armor-clad Medieval warriors. His satires and cartoons were exhibited in Italy, Holland, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, as well as in the United States. Risley then turned his talent for line drawing into furniture design, creating pieces in the shape of people and animals which are still quite collectible today.
In the 1950s, Risley led a U. S. government program for two years in Manila, where he and his wife Mary were design consultants. In 1960 they were in a similar program in Taiwan with Russel Wright Associates and in a Peace Corps project in Puerto Rico in 1964.
His sculpture in exhibited at Wesleyan University, as well as at IBM in New York and the Cleveland Garden Center. His design of the Risley woven rattan Duyan chair and Banca boat-shaped wooden bowls were notable successes that have continued into this century.
From courant.com and wesleyan.edu
|Horse tea cart|
|Chairs, settee and table|
|Someone Is Watching|
|Rattan and steel Duyan chair|