We are pleased to announce monOrchid's newest represented artist, John Tuomisto-Bell, the Phoenix based sculptor. He is best known for life-size male forms and colossal heads, work that creates a powerful sense of emotion when in sight. These sculptures take a strong influence from “existential themes, and the paradoxical relationships between violence, sexual identity, and religion”, states Tuomisto-Bell.
The process used to create these sculptures can entail kiln temperatures reaching some 1300 degrees fahrenheit and the heating of bronze to an average of 2500 degrees fahrenheit. With over 25 years of experience working with the “Lost Wax” method of casting bronze and operating a full-service art foundry, Tuomisto Bell Studio Foundry, his dedication to working with such brutal conditions is commendable.
At his Phoenix studio, he has constructed all necessary equipment to produce, cast and fabricate his work while manipulating the traditional bronze material with acrylic paints and patinas. As monOrchid’s first represented sculptor, we take pride in giving our community the opportunity to see his work face to face.