Stephen Tuomala is a visual artist living/working in Pittsburgh. He has shown extensively in Pittsburgh and in group shows in New York, Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. Tuomala’s art is currently focused on distressed figures and landscapes inspired by media images of executions, historic tragedies, medical imaging, crime scenes, and war. The emphasis of his work is on the bodies’ gestures and the stories they tell to establish a greater connection between death imagery and life.
My current body of artwork predominantly deals with distressed figures/bodies from media images of executions, tragedies, medical imaging, crime scenes, and war. The main focus of my work is on the bodies’ gestures and the stories they tell through our greater connection with deathimagery and life. My practice deals with both a formalist aspect in the ways in which the paintings and drawings are put together and conceptually through examining perceptions of the body and our relationship to the meaning of figures in imagery and painting. In the formalist aspects of my work I build tension between figures and objects using the visual dialogue of color, line and tone to create context, emotion and structure. Many times the physical qualities of the paintings and drawings become as important as the figures and landscapes. I used ink and gouache because of the immediacy of the medium.