Throughout the history of mankind, the
human condition has been portrayed. John Tuomisto-Bell speaks
to man coming to terms with his violent nature and searching
for a new balance. In a subtle manner he derives man in four
different positions: prone, sitting, kneeling and standing. A
consummate craftsman, there is in his small studio the faculty to
execute all aspects of the complex process of casting bronze.
By controlling every element of the fabrication of his
creations himself he commands a level of intimacy that more
profoundly coveys his questioning around manís arrogant
shortcomings, dark undercurrents and spiritual impotence. The
results are powerful and come from a deep expression within
A student of the human condition, Tuomisto-Bell is
involved in an ongoing investigation of the emotional differences we have
as individuals and as a collective society. The artist engages viewers in
a visual discussion, hoping to gain insight or a glimpse of truth by way
of an unexplored revelation or an emotive discovery.
received his BFA from Arizona State University, and regularly exhibits his
cast bronze sculpture in the southwest. Tuomisto-Bell has extensive
experience casting his own work at Arizona Bronze Foundry. The artist now
casts works in a foundry built in his home studio.