"There are a few high-detail life sculptors out there that provide an awesome caliber of realism; sculpture so life-like that even under the closest scrutiny you expect it to move. This kind of art requires the mastery of many mediums, and while I strive to achieve that mastery, realism is secondary to the focus of the work.
I want to tell wild stories in a single three-dimensional vision, to radiate personality in such a way that for you to ponder a sculpture for a length of time would quite literally flesh out a biography of hair and clothing and trinkets and teeth and fingernails, etc. But, what is most important is to create “the character” first and foremost, because, as they say, all of the special effects in the world can’t save you if you start with a lousy script.
With that said, enjoy the show!"
Thomas Scott Kuebler was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 to a ceramics teacher and a photo engraver. Having innate artistic tendencies coupled with learning disabilities, Tom was encouraged to develop his creative skills. His childhood media ranged from paint to clay to broken toys and whatever he could find in the trash or junk drawer.
His first love was sculpting which lead him to major in Art at Kent State University. After college, he worked as a toy designer for American Greetings while in his leisure time building life-size sculptures for galleries. Through gallery exposure, his work was recognized by Good Displays, a Toledo trade show firm, and he was recruited for the purpose of creating Disney-like robotic characters. Eventually, a colleague bought out their division of the company and started an animatronics company.
As the primary Artist and Art Director for this company, Tom’s projects ranged from creating unique robotic characters, corporate mascots and historical figures to animals (realistic and otherwise), space aliens, gnomes and boogeymen. He had the pleasure of working with famous anthropologists to accurately recreate our prehistoric ancestors, with restauranteurs to develop entertaining characters, and even with a pediatric dentist to create comforting creatures to ease apprehensive children. The list goes on and on.
Tom Kuebler’s sculptures have sold both nationally and internationally. His work has been collected by Anne Rice, Howard Metzenbaum, Michael Jackson, and Gene Simmons, among many others.
After more than a decade in the robotics animation industry, he chose to pursue creative independence. Tom Kuebler currently makes his living as a freelance artist and resides in North Carolina with his wife Kara