Born 1978 in Los Angeles, California, Sam Tufnell is a sculptor who enjoys pushing the boundaries of what is commonly considered to be art.
The artist has described his work as being anti-monumental, with his sculptures often depicting everyday objects such as garbage cans and plastic bottles. Tufnell’s use of lights placed under many of his artworks that are casted in clear acrylics, give these sculptures a crystal-like appearance. The result is strangely paradoxical, as many of these sculptures depict garbage the artist picked up.
My work is about sculpture and it’s relation to everyday objects. I try to choose themes that I can link to historical art themes in order to investigate new meanings in familiar contexts.
When he isn’t using familiar, albeit strange, objects to cast sculptures, Tufnell creates his works of art by welding metal. For his steel sculptures, the artist opts for more organic subject matter inspired by nature, such as roses. A choice that gives the coldness of the original material a sense of life and warm beauty.
Awards and Exhibitions
After completing his studies at the School of Visual Art in New York, 2002, Tufnell had his first solo exhibition, titled Steel and Roses in 2008 at the 5 Myles Gallery in New York. At the same gallery the artist has also taken part in group exhibitions, such as the 2010 exhibition titled Governor’s Island Art Fair and the 2011 exhibition titled Short Stories. His next solo exhibition, titled Remnants, was held in 2011 at Long Island University in New York. Tufnell’s art has since featured in various exhibitions in other states as well, such as NoBe Art Walk, a 2012 group exhibition held at the NAC Gallery in Florida.
Tufnell has received three awards for his artistic contributions. In 2012 alone, he received two awards and in 2013 was a Solo award winner at the Art Expo NYC awards.
Tufnell is, however, still a relatively new addition to the American art scene. Most artists work well into their senile years; which means, more likely than not, that the public hasn’t seen half of what’s still to come from from Tufnell and his creative endeavors. For now, the innovative and creative sculptures the artist has already made serve as an exciting appetizer of what’s still to come.
Sam Tufnell with his “Power Gnomes.”
Sam Tufnell, Dadadadad. Courtesy of Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, New York.
Garbage Study #1, 2013 21X20X20CM
Salvage Strike #1, 2014
Stil Life # 2 (The South Beach Diet), 2013