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T.L.  Suttles

 The primary concerns of my work in metal are decorative, particularly where masks are concerned. Although psychological impact is intended it is not meant to be overt.

My approach is primarily intuitive, and very little preparation occurs before beginning a piece. I do occasionally begin with sketches for an idea, but more often start off simply by attacking metal with hammer. Keeping form, texture and color uppermost in mind, mood and other emotional or psychological factors are not premeditated, but occur spontaneously. Therefore these things are aspects of the process rather than motivations of purpose.

Although born in rural Arkansas in 1946, north coast artist T. L. Suttles has lived in California since the age of two. He has worked variously as a laborer, equipment operator, fisherman and blues singer.

Self taught, Suttles has done wood carving since youth. He began casting and mold making in the 80's and in the 90's experimented with papier mache and epoxied cloth constructions. In 2000, he began making wearable brass and copper masks for the renaissance fair circuit. As a direct result Suttles began producing decorative masks and wall relief in sheet brass and copper.

He first exhibited works in sheet metal in December, 2001, and his work has since been in shows at the Mendocino Art Center, Willits Center for the Arts and a solo exhibition the Lucchesi Gallery in Hopland.

T.L. Suttles currently lives in Willits, California with his wife, blues and gospel singer Necole Chavez Suttles.

T.L. Suttles

257 Pine St.
Willits, Ca.95490


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