Yellow Dog Head, 2021, ceramic with glaze
For his exhibition of ‘Good Boy’, at The Sculpture Center, Tullier explores the notion of personal harmony and dissonance with the natural world in his ceramic sculptures.
In his youth, family dogs were trained and treated as tools for hunting and trapping wild animals. These aspects of hunting, work, and sport formed the initial understanding of his companionship with dogs. In thinking about the role of ‘play’ in training and fostering companionship between dogs and humans, the works are playful and inviting. Captured in ceramic sculpture and drawings, Tullier’s dogs are portrayed in a variety of bright colors and alongside bones and balls.
Wade Tullier (b.1988, Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Detroit-based visual artist working primarily in ceramics and sculpture. His work and process are heavily influenced by storytelling and being raised within the landscape of southern Louisiana. He holds a BFA from Louisiana State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Tullier has exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent and upcoming shows in New York, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Reykjavik, and Munich.
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Wade Tullier is a recipient of The Sculpture Center’s Revealed Early Career Exhibition Series.