Ron Kent


Four Seasons Maui

Kukio Country Club

Guardian I in permanent art collection of Four Seasons (Wailea, Maui) and Guardian V at Kukio Country Club on Big Island of Hawaii.

The “Guardian Sculpture” is a Guardian IV, in lobby of the Dean, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Organic Concepts

Organic Concepts

“Organic Concepts” solo show at Wendt Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, NYC. Opening reception April 14, 2011

Ron Kent then, now....and hint of the future. From pioneering translucent wood vessels through massive “Guardian” sculpture (and smaller derivatives). Most recent trends in apocalyptic explorations: Post-Nuclear, Volcano, and future archeological findings.


10' tall X 24" wide X 16" deep





Photo Credit: Ruth Waterbury


Mystery Sneak Preview

A the series...that is under construction. The prices of these vessels recognizably will be acceptable only to "serious" collectors.

Introducing the Guardian Series

The “Guardian” series re-visits a format I first started in the late 1960’s, and embodies design characteristics that have been intrinsic to my work ever since. My translucent wood vessels, for example, had a twofold goal: (1) expose the natural beauty concealed beneath the surface of each log, (2) create a format – a silhouette – that interacts with the wood to emphasize and highlight that hidden beauty, but one that also is pleasing and provocative in its own right.

My personal emphasis when I think of plywood is on the wood rather than the ply. Yes, machinery has been used to cut and stack the wood, but for me that only heightens the intrigue residing in each layer beneath the outermost surface. It also offers the challenge of transition from uniform striated edge to entrancing wavy-grain surfaces. Speak of complexity and tension!

The Guardian profile, to me, would be commanding in any medium. I sought to embody authoritative towering stature with flowing, benign grace. Powerful to be sure, but also benevolent and protective. I’ve chosen elliptical rather than circular cross-sectional symmetry, feeling that this conveys grace and “delicacy” to the almost overwhelming presence. Same reasons for the slender foot and diminutive throat-and-bell.

There are already two companion forms in the Guardian series, with a number of variations in mind. After thirty years of fingernail-thin translucent vessels it is exhilarating to work on forms where I do not have to hold my breath.

Featured Articles

Artist keeps chasing
the curves of wood

Ron Kent has pursued sculptural forms rather than utilitarian pieces
By Joleen Oshiro, Star Bulletin

The Benchmark Art Exhibition

TCM Honolulu Membership Blog

Double Lives

Winston Churchill, Sally Ride, Tess Gerritsen...and Ron Kent??

"Double Lives" by David Heenan
"...teaches by example, profiling ten extraordinary individuals and describing how they achieved spectacular success and happiness through the cross-pollination of a double life." Click here to read more.  


Barry Friedman Ltd.

32 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 794-8950

del Mano Gallery

11941 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles 90049

Genesis Gallery Hawaii

250 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, HI 96738
(808) 777-5014

Gerald Peters Gallery

1101 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 954 5700

2913 Fairmont
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 969-9410

Hana Coast Gallery

Hotel Hana Maui,
Hana, HI 96713
(808) 248-8636

Houston Center for
Contemporary Craft

4848 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 529-4848

RakovaBrecker Gallery DCOA

1855 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL33004

Thomas Riley Galleries

8699 Chagrin Blvd  #260
Cleveland, OH 44122
(216) 766-1711

16 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 576-0762

642 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 228-6554

2026 Murray Hill Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-1445

Wendt Gallery

1550 South Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-4292

Selected Permanent Collections

21st Century Museum
of Contemporary Art

Kanazawa, Japan

The Louvre

(Musée des Arts Decoratifs)

det Danske Kunstindustrimusee


Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

The White House

Permanent Collection
Washington D.C.

Smithsonian American
Art Museum (SAAM)

Washington, D.C.

Victoria and Albert Museum


National Design Museum

New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York

Minneapolis Institute of Arts


Museum of Art + Design

New York

Museum of Fine Arts


Yale University Art Gallery


Mobile Museum of Art


Mint Museum of Art + Design

Charlotte, NC

High Museum of Art


The Detroit Institute of Arts


Carnegie Museum of Art


Arizona State University


Los Angeles County
Museum of Art

Los Angeles

Selected Special Presentations

Dr. Thomas Klestil

President, Republic of Austria
by J. Hans Strasser,
Consul General of Austria in Hawai'i

Emperor Akihito of Japan

by Kensaku Hogen,
Consul General of Japan in Hawai'i,
and the Japan-America Society

President William Jefferson Clinton,

by Congressman Neil Abercrombie

President George H.W. Bush

by Congresswoman Patricia Saiki

His Holiness Pope John Paul II

by Drs. Roger and Maria Brault

Crown Prince Hitachi of Japan

by the Hawaiian Japanese Chamber of

Senator Daniel Inouye,

by Hawaii Democrat Party H.R.H.

Sultan Iskandar of Johor,
Agong of Malaysia

(Personal purchase)


President Ronald Reagan,

by Hawaii Republican Party

Supreme Court Justice
William Brennan,

by the University of Hawai'i
School of Law

Governor Hikaru Kamei,
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan,

by the Hawaii State Senate

Selected Traveling Exhibits

Smithsonian Institution

Traveling Exhibition
USA, New Zealand

Craft Today

USA, Europe

International Turned Objects Show

USA, Canada

Out of the Woods

FAMOS, Eurpoe