Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey in 1941, attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his first paintings exhibited in New York shortly after graduation. He has become known for his small, intimate works made from a broad range of materials, both conventional and unconventional — including paper, unstretched canvas, galvanized tin, wood scraps, wire, fabric, string, and tree branches — presented in the form of sculptures, drawings, collages, prints, posters, and watercolors, but has occasionally made large-form works, such as a 150-foot-high glass-and-ceramic mural in Miami Beach. Inspired by architecture, philosophy, literature, and music, as well as color, materiality, and other elements of visual art, he has brought a poetic sensibility to explorations as varied as the relativeness of reality and the tensions between two and three dimensions. He lives in Maine, New Mexico, and New York.
Supported by the Rouse Visiting Artist Fund.
Image courtesy Imaging Department, Harvard Art Museums
Artwork © Richard Tuttle
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