Tyzo David Toccalino


I have always had a fascination for found objects. Growing up in Oakville, Ontario, I spent many hours beach-combing the shores of Lake Ontario. There I collected many common objects that had been worn, beaten and changed by the continuous motion of the waves.

Henry Moore Was an early influence on me, as he too realized the inherent beauty of organic shapes, which he later enlarged into a full and oversized sculptures.

My early artistic endeavours incorporated these found objects into agglomerations or assemblages, which dramatized my esthetic of irrational juxtaposition, as many of the early surrealists had before me.

In 1976, I learned how to weld metal and at this point, I was able to fabricate sculptures by assembling similar component (mild steel) into compositions in shape and mass.

As I am fabricating, I am aware that each component that is affixed, is an intrusion into the empty space that had been there. This forces me to place each separate piece into an arrangement that is comfortable and pleasing to the eye. 

I strive to achieve a balance and work within 360 degree perspective. When successful, an intimate relationship occurs between all components of any particular piece. When viewed, the eye can’t help but race from component to component, in order to asses it from three dimensional perspective. At that point, the mind will desire to view the piece from all angles.

Most recently, I have been adding colour into some of the compositions using powder coat paint. Although the form of the sculpture stands by itself, the addition of powder coat allows me to incorporate the emotion associated with colour, into any particular piece.

I do not like to repeat myself. I follow a totally intuitive approach. I do not question the source of my inspiration beyond the relationship between the positive and the negative shapes and the sculptures as a whole. I like to think of my work as contemporary, as well as a homage to all that has gone before.

I invite the viewer to bring his or her own interpretation to each individual piece. I have preserved my own direction by focusing within and listening to my own voice. 

Artist Statement