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John Tuska Sketchbooks of Figure Studies, 20th Century

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John Tuska (American, 1931 – 1998)
Untitled, 20th century
Various mediums on paper
Signed in sketchbooks

Tuska was a Kentucky-based artist, born in Yukon, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his sculptures, ceramics, paper casts, inks, and watercolors. He acquired his formal education at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, New York. After serving in the U.S Navy, he became an educator at the University of Kentucky, which commissioned him to produce his first and last major works in ceramic Genesis (1969) and bronze Illumine (1995). His work can be found in multiple institutions including Museum of Arts and Science, Georgetown College, Krannert Art Museum, Palmer Art Museum, Pennsylvania State University and University of Kentucky Art Museum, among many others.


- abrasions to the covers of the sketchbooks; significant toning and discoloration to the paper of the sketchbooks; minor abrasions throughout the drawings.


14.0" W x 17.0" H x 1.0" D

- measures the largest sketchbook

- 12" W x 18.25" H x 0.5" D measures the four spiral bound sketchbooks
- 11.25" W x 14.25" H x 0.5" D measures the smallest spiral bound sketchbook

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