Portrait Gallery: Thad Tuin

Thad Tuin’s work can be seen in various places around the Grand Valley, including a sculpture outside St. Mary’s Hospital.

Local artist Thad Tuin compares sculpting to an addiction.

The process of molding wood, steel, stone or whatever material he has into a piece of art has transfixed Tuin to the point that he needs it in his life.

“When you start doing it, you can do other things, but it’s always in the back of your mind,” Tuin said, speaking about art in general but sculpting specifically. “When we travel, I look for art. You seek it out, and it kind of seeks you out.”

Tuin is a Grand Junction sculptor with commissioned works outside St. Mary’s Hospital and in Fruita, as well as in exhibitions at numerous western Colorado galleries, including The Raw Canvas Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery, 507 Main St.

Tuin has been a sculptor for 30 years, spending most of his early years working with wood, and only recently discovered sculpting with bentonite that he turns into a cement mixture of sorts.

“It molds very well,” Tuin said.

The process from where he finds the bentonite to how he molds it into abstract earthcast concrete pieces is labor-intensive, he said, but that has not detracted him from continuing to experiment with the materials.


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