Carroll Todd

b. 1954, Memphis, TN
I draw all the time. When I finally perfect a drawing I build a scale model to see it in three dimensions. Only then can I begin to build in bronze.
Above It All
Above It All

Carroll Todd is celebrated for whimsical bronze sculptures that are formally sophisticated but never solemn. His practice explores form and movement with an effortlessness and grace rarely present in metalwork. Encouraged to play, explore, and build in his childhood, his appreciation for creative construction was established a young age. Drawing influence from modernist design tendencies, his representations of animals and natural elements range from quite literal to total abstraction, and at times fall somewhere in between. Todd’s process begins with a sketch; once established on paper, it evolves into a small maquette to engineer the bends and folds that the bronze assumes on a larger scale. He then cuts, rolls, bends, forms and welds the sheet bronze. Finally, he applies patinas and wax to achieve a highly finished, elegant surface. From monumental to miniature in size, each work is enhanced and altered by the effects of light, shadow and scale of its setting.

Carroll Todd is a native Memphian with a BFA from Memphis College of Art and an MFA Cornell University. Over the course of his 40-year career, he has exhibited in New York, Chicago, California, and Tennessee. His work is in the collections of Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Autozone Inc, Memphis; Design Network, St Louis; General Electric, Rockefeller Center, New York;L ittle Rock National Airport, Little Rock; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Mobium/Graphic Management Corporation, Chicago, and Tudor Investment Company, New York.

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Above It All
Above It All
Penguin
Penguin
Contrapposto
Contrapposto
Breaking Waves
Breaking Waves
Fritz
Fritz
Puzzle Column
Puzzle Column
Shark Infested Waters
Shark Infested Waters
Bench
Bench
bob
bob
Brer Rabbit
Brer Rabbit
Buzzz
Buzzz
Rhino
Rhino
Horse
Horse
Above It All
Above It All
constructed bronze, 68x16x12
2019
Penguin
Penguin
constructed bronze, 22x5x6
2019
Contrapposto
Contrapposto
constructed bronze, 42x30x10
2019
Breaking Waves
Breaking Waves
constructed bronze, 6x8x30
2019
Fritz
Fritz
constructed bronze, 25x5.5x17
2019
Puzzle Column
Puzzle Column
constructed bronze, 68x6x17
2019
Shark Infested Waters
Shark Infested Waters
cosntructed bronze, 7x5x30
2019
Bench
Bench
constructed bronze, 21.5x62x17.5
2019
bob
bob
constructed bronze, 12x16.5x13.5
2016
Brer Rabbit
Brer Rabbit
constructed bronze, 23x21x12
2004
Buzzz
Buzzz
constructed bronze, 25x16x15
2016
Rhino
Rhino
constrcted bronze, 9.5x18x8.5
2011
Horse
Horse
constructed bronze, 16x15x6
2011

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