John Risley 1919–2001

John Risley was an accomplished sculptor, artist, and furniture designer from Waterville, Maine whose skills were honed while obtaining degrees from Amherst College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Cranbrook Academy of Arts. He taught at Cranbrook and also served as the wood products designer for the United States Mutual Security Agency prior to becoming a professor at Wesleyan University in 1954, where he remained until retiring in 1987. He was best known for bringing a sense of humor to his work and received international acclaim for his satirical drawings and cartoons, even winning a first prize at the 1983 Festival of Humor and Satire in Bulgaria.

Auction Results John Risley

JOHN RISLEY, The Gaggle | ragoarts.com

John Risley

The Gaggle

estimate: $20,000–30,000
JOHN RISLEY, Duyan lounge chair | ragoarts.com

John Risley

Duyan lounge chair

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,375
JOHN RISLEY, Pair of lounge chairs | ragoarts.com

John Risley

Pair of lounge chairs

estimate: $2,500–3,500
JOHN RISLEY, Pair of lounge chairs | ragoarts.com

John Risley

Pair of lounge chairs

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,500
JOHN RISLEY, Bench and two tables | ragoarts.com

John Risley

Bench and two tables

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,250
JOHN RISLEY, Table and set of six chairs | ragoarts.com

John Risley

Table and set of six chairs

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $4,688
JOHN RISLEY, Custom bench | ragoarts.com

John Risley

Custom bench

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $5,000