Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle (1928–2016)

Sculptor Tom Doyle died at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, on October 8.

Born in Jerry City, Ohio, in 1928, Doyle received his BFA from Ohio State University in 1952 and his MFA in 1953, also from OSU. While studying at the university, he met mentors Roy Lichtenstein and Stanley Twardowicz.

In 1958, Doyle produced Stillman, which he considered his breakthrough work. Later that year, he participated in “New Forms-New Media” at Martha Jackson Gallery, which featured works by Jean Arp, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Jasper Johns, and Yves Klein.

Doyle exhibited at various museums across the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Walker Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has also been featured in galleries in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, France, and Italy.

He taught art at several New York institutions, such as Queens College, the New School for Social Research, and the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Achievement (1994), the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Sculpture (1990–91), and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Sculpture (1982).

Doyle was married to Natalie Burdette and later to artist Eva Hesse before he marrying Jane Miller Doyle.

In an artist statement, Doyle said, “To cantilever forms into space, to make them freestanding without obvious supports, has been one of my constant preoccupations. To make heavy forms float or dance in space defying gravity, with a tenuous balance, is the major concern of truly ‘structural’ sculpture.”