Tom Doyle, ‘Ballinskellig’, 2002, Sundaram Tagore Gallery

About Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is best known for his large-scale bronze and wood sculptures, at once imposing and delicate, solid and precarious, biomorphic and abstract. He began his career carving modest figurative sculptures under the influence of Henry Moore, before moving to New York in 1957. There, inspired by the Abstract Expressionists (in particular Franz Kline), Doyle would experiment with larger-scale construction and abstraction, finding many of his materials on the streets of the city. Invited to serve a residency in Germany, Doyle took advantage of access to a welder and began to incorporate metal into his works—material he would return to decades later, casting bronze versions of his earlier wooden works as a means of preserving them. “I like the idea that you see the sculpture with your feet,” the artist says. “There’s no front or back or anything. You just have to walk around in order to see the whole thing.” Doyle was married to Eva Hesse.

American, b. 1928, Jerry City, Ohio, based in New York, New York