Paul Suttman


Born: 1933 Oklahoma
Education: 1956 BFA, University of New Mexico
               1958 MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
               1960-61 Studied with Giacomo Manzù, Kokoschka School of Vision, Salzberg and Italy
Teaching: 1958-60 Instructor of Art and Assistant Director, Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
              1961-62 Assistant Professor of Art, University of Michigan
              1970 Guest Lecturer, Claremont College, CA
              1973 Artist-in-Residence, Dartmouth College
Guest Lecturer, State Institute of Art, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Turkey
              1975-1979 Visiting Associate Professor of Art, University of New Mexico
              1980-1982 Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor, Texas A & M University
              1983-1985 Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University


1957 West Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy
1959 Rackham Foundation Grant for European Study
1960 First Prize in Sculpture, Salzburg
1963 Fulbright Fellowship, Paris
1965-68 Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome
1966 150th Anniversary Award, University of Michigan
1972 Ingraham Merrill Foundation Grant, New York
1991 Honorary Fellow, National Sculpture Society
Selected Public Collections
Arizona State University, Tempe
Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, IN
Mount Holyoke Museum, South Hadley, MA
Martha Cook Garden, University of Michigan
Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Westland Center, Detroit, MI
McComb College Museum, Detroit, MI
Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
Museum of Art, Princeton University,
NJ Museum of Art,
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
The Albuquerque Museum, NM
Roswell Museum of Art, NM
San Juan College, Farmington, NM
Susquehanna Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, Austin, TX
Fine Arts Collection, A&M University,
College Station, TX Museum of Art,
University of Houston, TX
Middlebuury College Gallery, Middlebury, VT
Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Arizona State University, Tempe
Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis,
Selected Private Collections

Prudential Insurance Company, Chicago
J. Walter Thompson Inc., New York
Continental National Bank, Fort Worth
Western National Bank, Houston
Wallace H. Cowden, New York
William and Donna DeSeta, New York
Armand G. Erph Collection, New York
Lawrence Fleishman, New York
Edwin F. Gamble, N ew York
Red Grooms, New York
Mimi Gross, New York
Ann Harithas, New York
Jacques Kaplan and Violaine Bachelier, Connecticut
Jennings Lang, Los Angeles
Irving and Marilyn Lavin, Princeton
Jack Lemmon, Beverly Hills
Richard and Lark Levine, Connecticut
Arie and Doreen Liebeskind, Great Neck
Herbert and Ann Lucas, Los Angeles
Michael and Carroll Macdonald, Connecticut
Richard and Molly McKenzie, Greenwich
Abraham Melamed, New York
Marvin Mirsch, Hollywood
Malcolm A. Names, New York
Stavros Niarchos, Sardinia
Max Pincus, Detroit
Elisse Pogofsky-Harris, California
Nelson Rockefeller, New York
Seldon Rodman, New York
Steven Ross, New York
Henry Seldes, Los Angeles
Moses Soyer, New York
Philippe Staib, Bangkok
Rita Stein, Palm Beach
Lawrence Tisch, New York
Norton Walbridge, California
Billy Wilder, Beverly Hills
Michael York, Los Angeles

Solo Exhibitions

Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit: 1959, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969
Roswell Museum of Art, Roswell, NM: 1960
Museum of Art, University of Michigan: 1962
Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York: 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973
Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles: 1970
Robinson Galleries, Houston: 1971, 1973, 1982, 1995, 1996, 1999
Galleria Nuovo Carpine, Rome, Italy: 1972
McNamara O'Connor Museum, Victoria, TX: 1972
Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH: 1973
Jodi Scully Gallery, Los Angeles: 1974, 1977
Museum of Art, Redlands, CA: 1975
City of Los Angeles Municipal Gallery: 1977
Adam Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles: 1979
Marilyn Butler Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ: 1980
Wildine Galleries, Albuquerque, NM: 1980
Fine Arts Gallery, Texas A & M University, 1981, 1996
Paris-New-York-Kent Gallery, Kent, CT: 1989, 1993, 1994
Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC: 1990, 1994
Philippe Staib Gallery, New York: 1991
The University of New Mexico Museum, Albuquerque: 1996
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti: 1997
The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT: 1997
Randall Tuttle Fine Arts, Woodbury, CT: 1997
Peterson Hall Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ: 2000

Group Exhibitions

1955 Smithsonian Travelling Exhibition
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe
1956 Cuarto Gallery, San Francisco
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe
Contemporary Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1958 Western Michigan University
National Drawing and Sculpture Exhibition, IN
San Francisco Museum of Art
1959 National Sculpture Exhibitiion, Providence, RI
1960 Detroit Institute of Art
Salzburg International Art Exhibition, Austria
1961 Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
1962 Museum of Modern Art, New York
Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Art, University of Michigan
1963 John Herron Art Instiitute, Indianapolis, IN
1965 Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
1966 Philadelphia Museum of Art
American Academy in Rome
1967 Institute for International Education, New York
American Academy in Rome
1968 Biennale de Sculpture, Rodin Museum, Paris
American Academy in Rome
1969 American Embassy, Rome
1970 Biennale de Sculpture, Rodin Museum, Paris
American Academy in Rome
1971 Galleria Nuovo Carpine, Rome
American Embassy, Rome
American Studies Center, Naples
1972 Centro d'Art Internationale, Orvieto, Italy
Galleria Nuovo Carpine, Rome
American Embassy, Rome
Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL
1973 Galleria Nuovo Carpine, Rome
U.S. Information Service, Turkey
1974 Museum of Art, University Park, PA
Robinson Galleries, Houston
1977 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Museum of Art, Palm Springs, CA
1978 The Albuquerque Museum, NM
1979 Wildine Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1980 Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM
Wildine Galleries, Albuquerque, NM
Occidental College, Los Angeles
1982 Texas A&M University, College Station
Robinson Galleries, Houston
1983 St. Louis Museum of Art, MO
1984 Marilyn Butler Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Knoll International, New York
1988 Anchorage Museum, AK
1990 Stamford Museum, CT
Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, CT
National Academy of Design, NY
1991 Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, CT
1992 Philippe Staib Gallery, New York
Peconic Gallery, Riverhead, NY
1993 National Sculpture Society, New York
1994 North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks
Stamford Town Center, CT
Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
Palazzo Medici, Serravezza, Italy
Paris-New York-Kent, CT
Robinson Galleries, Houston, TX
1995 National Sculpture Society, New York
1996 Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC
1998 Forum Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT
Virginia Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach


Paul Suttman is recognized as one of the United States' most distinguished representational sculptors. His work is prized for the elegance of its traditional craftsmanship and the imaginativeness of its modern vision. Known for his bronze figures, still lifes and art historical reinterpretations, Suttman stresses the abstract, and sometimes surreal, aspects of form, creating unforgettable sculptural objects that radiate vitality and technical brilliance.

Suttman's figurative sculptures of the 1960's combine impressionistic surfaces with deep emotional content. Strong, flowing modelling captures both the artist's gestures and the telling postures that reveal the inner life of graceful and pensive subjects. Beginning in the 1970's Suttman turned to still life compositions that are characterized by their wit, elegance and dynamism. He places fruit, bottles and other familiar still-life forms in precariously balanced, or unbalanced, arrangements, full of implicit movement. Objects take on qualities antithetical to their essential natures: drapery stands by itself; bronze-cast paper bags pile up like boulders; apples and pears grow to monumental size.

One of Suttman's enduring interests is the combination of different temporal, spatial and emotional states; another is the contrast between the illusionistic appearance of painting and the three-dimensional reality of sculpture. He presents these themes in relief sculptures by imbedding forms in overlapping pictorial planes, in lithographs by depicting unexpected aspects of everyday scenes, and in still-life compositions by overstepping ordinary spatial limits and borrowing color from painting.

In his full maturity Suttman's multidimensional interests were extended in a major group of works, the Master-pieces, which juxtapose his reinterpretations of elements from different artists and art historical traditions. Motifs from 20th-century masters of Cubism and Futurism are placed in direct, and often witty, dialogue with Renaissance and Classical traditions. Complex pedestals, integral to the sculptures, extend their layers of meaning and create added dialogue between architectural elements and human and animal figures.

Suttman studied in New Mexico and Michigan, and with Giacomo Manzu and bronze-casting masters in Italy and France. The precision and humanism of his work was greatly influenced by his early training in architecture, wide travels, and lifelong study of the history of art. The technical and historical wisdom gained from these experiences were passed on to his many students, in Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Texas and New York.

Paul Suttman died at his home in Connecticut in 1993. A retrospective of his sculpture traveled to New Mexico, Texas, Michigan and Connecticut in 1996 and 1997.