Houston Llew's work in enameling is based on his belief that meaningful art is about emotion. Thus, every Spiritile created reflects a piece of life's story. These icons bring to mind the people we love, the things we cherish, and the passions we pursue. When collected, Spiritiles become a montage of moments that make us smile, laugh, remember, and dare to dream.
Houston's spiritiles are made of vitreous enamel, the art of glass heat-fused to metal. It is an illustrious but little known medium that Houston cast in a new form. With its metallic base as canvas and its myriad glass colors as “paint”, what makes these pieces unique is the story wrapped around the sides of each piece. Some Spiritiles quote authors and poets, other philosophers and fellow artists, but every piece is designed to speak to our life and reach our emotive self.
Like every piece in The Whole 9 Gallery's collection, the purchase of a Houston Llew Spiritile provides funding that fuels the humanitarian work of our non-profit, The Peace Project.