Brian Tolle is a New York-based artist and educator who has exhibited his work in galleries, museums and public spaces around the world. His work emphasizes a formal and iconographic dialog with history and context to produce striking and subtle works that engage the public. Using a variety of media, his works draw themes from the scale and experience of their surroundings, provoking a re-reading by cross-wiring reality and fiction.
He is best known for the Irish Hunger Memorial, Battery Park City, NYC, NY, a one-half acre sculpture on the Hudson River. In January 2017, Brian Tolle installed “Pageant”, his second permanent public artwork in New York City. After the demolition of the Brooklyn entrance to the Manhattan Bridge, two allegorical sculptures representing Brooklyn and Manhattan were relocated to the Brooklyn Museum. In this project, Tolle brings contemporary replicas of the figures cast in translucent acrylic back to their original site, where they spin in a perpetual dance above the street. The project addresses both the original loss and the cultural climate that allowed it.
Previously in 2014, Brian Tolle completed two major public projects: Outflow, Calgary, AB, Canada and Origin, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
Tolle’s work has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, NY; Liverpool Biennial at the Tate Modern; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; the S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium; Havana Biennial, Cuba; ICA Philadelphia; CAC, Cincinnati; the Queens Museum of Art, NY; the Invitational Exhibition at the American Academy of Arts, NY and numerous other institutions.
He is the recipient of the The Art Commission of the City of New York Award for Excellence in Design in 2008; in the Irish American Historical Society, Irish American Heritage Committee – Irishman of the Year Award in 2003 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.
Tolle received his MFA from Yale University, a BFA from Parsons School of Design and his BA from SUNY at Albany. He is currently on the graduate faculty at Parsons School of Design.
Driving Directions to:
Brian Tolle Studio, 53266 Route 30, Roxbury
Brian Tolle Studio is located at 53266 Route 30, Roxbury. When traveling north on Route 30, his studio is situated in the first church on the right side, just as you enter the Hamlet of Roxbury.