Upcoming Events

Open Studio Tour
Crane Arts Old School
Oct 22nd and 23rd 12-6pm 2016
Studio 27
1425 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19122


Artist Statement

Stephen Tuomala's paintings and drawings re-contextualizes historical images and film stills by pushing the scale, material, tone and intensity of the color. His main focus is on a variety of subjects dealing with spectacles from the tragic to the sensual enhancing the bodies’ gestures and the stories they tell. 


Solo Shows  
2014    Death Masked, Modernformations, Pittsburgh, PA

2013   Pittsburgh Burning, Assemble Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
           Movie Sills, Remedy, Pittsburgh, PA
           A Permanent Gesture, FE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 

2012   After Image, College Inn Project, Pittsburgh, PA
           The Word Made Flesh, ModernFormations, Pittsburgh, PA 

2011    Transitions, Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 

Group Shows  
2015   Contemporary Figures, Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
           Curiosities for the Collector, FrameHouse and Jask Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA     

2014   Drawing/Paper, The Mine Factory, curated by Stephen Tuomala, Pittsburgh, PA
           Histories, Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
           12x12, Modernformations, Pittsburgh, PA

2013   Disambiguate, traveling exhibition curated by Stephen Tuomala   
           Kipp Gallery, University of Indiana, Indiana, PA
           The Inn, Pittsburgh, PA 

2012    Student Exhibition, University of Pittsburgh Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
            Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY
            Dive, College Inn Project Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 

2011     Ships of Theseus, College Inn Project Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
            Extremes, Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA  
            Love & Loss, Fein Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA  
            Figure Studio, Panza Art Gallery, Millvale, PA  

Publications and Reviews
2013    Words & TC “Pittsburgh Art Has Arrived” August 2013,   
            Words & TC “Beware of Dog with Allegorical Ambitions” June 2013  
            Susan Constance Blog “Stephen Tuomala: A Permanent Gesture”   

2012    Watercolor Magazine, “Explorations in Gouache & Ink” Feature Article, Fall 2012 p. 58 - 63
            The Digging Pitt blog, “The Word Made Flesh” February 4th 2012,

2011     Watercolor Magazine, “25 Artist to Watch” 25th Anniversary Special Issue, August 2011 p. 64-65 

2012     University of Pittsburgh, BA, Studio Arts
2005    Delaware College of Art and Design, Associate in Fine Arts