Photograph of Artist MALCOLM TUFFNELL
MALCOLM TUFFNELL
Santa Barbara, California - United States



Original Artworks (8)

Malcolm Tuffnell; Evening Bath, 2008, Original Pastel, 9 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 a beauty emerges from her bath...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Pastel, 2008
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
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Malcolm Tuffnell; Twilight Walk, 2019, Original Painting Oil, 8.1 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241 a rising moon, a girl walking- - twilight on the bluffs...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Oil Painting, 2019
8.1 x 10 inches (20.6 x 25.4 cm)
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Malcolm Tuffnell; Dancing With The Clouds, 2014, Original Painting Other, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 a fantasy of joyful ballerinas against a backdrop of clouds...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Other Painting, 2014
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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Malcolm Tuffnell; Moonlight Swans And Lilies, 2012, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241 this major work was inspired by Swan Lake ballet , danced by the Marinsky Theater Ballet in 2012...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Oil Painting, 2012
36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
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Malcolm Tuffnell; The Ballet Lesson, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 48 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241 a lovely group of girls surround a prima ballerina in a park in a major city, perhaps Chicago. .  Oil on canvas 36 x 48  2020. My major work from the horrific, yet productive, year. ...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Oil Painting, 2020
48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
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Malcolm Tuffnell; Whispers By A River, 2017, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 oil 30x40  2017. little girls whispering,  who is he   i don t know . . . a little boy in the distance. . . ...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Oil Painting, 2017
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
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Malcolm Tuffnell; Study In Turquoise And Pi..., 2010, Original Pastel, 8.5 x 11 inches. Artwork description: 241          dance ballet romantic art 19th Century style    dance ballet romantic art 19th Century style landscape     dance ballet romantic art 19th Century style landscape   ...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Pastel, 2010
8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
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Malcolm Tuffnell; Sleeping Beauty, 2009, Original Pastel, 8.5 x 11 inches. Artwork description: 241       dance ballet romantic art 19th Century style    dance ballet romantic art 19th Century style landscape    ...
Malcolm Tuffnell
Original Pastel, 2009
8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
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Artist Statement

Malcolm Tuffnell

Is a tremendous talent in contemporary figurative painting.His works exist between a realistic drawn representation of the female figure and an abstract use of impasto and color. He has been exploring the possibilities of oil paint and pastel for over 30 years, with particular attention paid to how color layers interact with eachother; specifically how thin overglazes of a strong color, for example phthalo blue or rose red, can change the character of the paint or pastel underneath them in unexpected ways, producing many new colors while neutralizing others into grays. He has chosen the female form as the subject of his paintings for its beauty,sensuality and historical precedent. He uses the fluidity of oil to express the sensuality of nude skin. Many of his works derive inspiration from the frequent opera and ballet performances he attends, such as Madame Butterfly and The Nutcracker ballet. However, he does not intend to illustrate a story explicitly but instead to suggest a more vague emotional narrative.

Education/Accomplishments

From 1977-1979 Mr. Tuffnell attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and studied with noted teacher Gary Brown; when there he traveled to Europe, where he was inspired to a life as an artist.

He attended the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, graduating with honors. At the School he won the Liquitex Fine Arts Materials Award in 1987, Returning to his birthplace, Santa Barbara, he took first prize at the Best of the Best of Santa Barbara County show in 1991.

Reviews

D. J. Palladino, writing in the Santa Barbara Independent about his show “ Temporal Skies” at the Delphine Gallery, said, “ In Santa Barbara galleries, landscape painting has long been dominated by images that lead to ideas...with Malcolm Tuffnell’s work, I get the feeling that his ideas led him to the forms.”

Exhibitions

Mr. Tuffnell has shown in many galleries, including Gallery 333, Falmouth, Massachusetts; Orlando Gallery, Los Angeles; Tah Gallery, Pasadena; Spectrum Gallery, Sacramento; Goldfield Galleries, Los Angeles; Galerie at Newport Beach; Art Brut, Los Alamos, and the Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, which represented him from 1998-2007. Recently he had a successful show of figures and landscapes at the University Club, a private members club in Santa Barbara, September 12, 2006-January 12, 2007. He also had a successful exhibit at Fresco Restaurant last year, January 31-May 7, 2006. He recently joined the San Luis Obispo Art Center and exhibited a large mirror nude " Modesty/Reflection" featuring a new model, Keara, which was quite well received. He regularly exhibits at Gallery 113 of the SB Art Association(SBAA)and at the Hutton Foundation, a nonprofit in Santa Barbara. He has been treasurer of the SBAA since fall 2005.


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