This modern artwork assemblage was created by noted Oklahoma artist Nicolas Kyle. Born in 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas, Nicolas Scott Kyle has a Master of Arts in Painting and Design from Purdue University and, according to his biography, has had 32 one-person exhibitions,and his work has been included in more than 70 group exhibitions. He's received numerous awards and honors and his art is in prestigious collections that include the Nestle-Purina Corporate Collection, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and the Oklahoma State Art Collection at the State Capitol. The next to last photo in our series is one of the artist.
This artwork is part of Kyle's series called "Constructions;" he named it 'LEGACY NO 1' as noted on the paper label on the back. The label has the original price on it and his signature is in gold at the bottom of the piece. We have nicknamed this "Tempus Fugits" as the black metal hourglass is mounted on a base that swivels back and forth, making "time fly." (You can also turn this upside down to make the grains gather at the top and then trickle down). The interior of the box is painted black, while the exterior is painted a dark blue-green (or greenish-blue) that has been distressed. The triangular peaks on the top provide angular interest to the boxy shape.
This piece stands about 9 1/4 inches tall to the top of the highest peak and is 6 1/2 inches wide and about 3 1/2 inches deep. It weighs 1 pound, 7 ounces and is in excellent condition; the paper label is a bit scuffed and smudged, but that's the extent of the wear we see. Although a modern work of art, its rustic appearance works well in many different interiors. There is a sawtooth hanger on the back, but the modest size allows this art construction to display gracefully on shelf or table as well.