JOHN TUSKA (1931-1998)
19 ¾ x 19 ¾ inches
American artist John Tuska is considered primarily a potter, but also a sculptor, a collagist, a draftsman, a photographer, and a designer of remarkable talent, energy and dedication. Tuska’s vast body of work, with its variety and consistently high quality, earned him considerable acclaim for his achievements. As a professor at the University of Kentucky, Tuska inspired literally hundreds of students. His workshops over the years for the general public helped to introduce art to a larger audience. In 1970, while on a sabbatical leave in Italy, Tuska began an in-depth study of the human figure working primarily in bronze. A remarkable cast bronze screen of human figures completed in 1985 embellishes the entrance to the Fine Arts Building at the University of Kentucky. Tuska worked with various materials to present the human figure, and some of the most impressive work produced grew out of his experiments with cast paper. The technical skills and creative renderings deal not only with the surface, but the complexities and depth of the subject matter. A student of drawing, reminiscent of Degas, Tuska continues to be admired by collectors and the public.