Stuart Ross Snider

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One Hundred Degrees in the Shade, 2012 Wood, Resin Suspension, Pigments, Mica Powders, Enamels 36"H X 94"W X 30"D © One Hundred Degrees in the Shade
Poseidon and the Magpie, 2012 Wood, Resin Suspension, Pigments, Mica Powders, Enamels 55"H X 100"W X 20"D © Poseidon and the Magpie
Venus, 2012 Wood, Resin Suspension, Pigments, Pearl Mica Powders, Enamels 50"H X 16"W X 14"D © Venus
Redeemer, 2011 Wood, Resin Suspension, Pigments, Mica Powders, Enamels, Metal Leaf 120"H X 14"W X 14"D © Redeemer
Resurrección de Los Manos, 2015 Wood,Epoxy, Powdered Pigments, Mica, Holographics 26"H X 22"W X 22"D © 2015
Resurrección de Los Manos, 2105 Wood, Epoxy, Powdered Pigments, Mica, Holographic 26"H X 22"W X 22"D © 2015
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Tucson, Arizona
Works in
Tucson, Arizona
Northwestern University, M.D.
Northwestern University, M.D.
Thunderhead Press, Resident Artist
Representing galleries
Virtu Studio, Inc.
wood sculpture mixed-media, environmental, Wood, log, Archetypal, expressionism, transcendental, surrealism, sculpture installation, landscape, conceptual, sculpture

My sculpture is inspired by a primal force that exists within high altitude forests. Especially, there is a spirit in trees that reveals itself in objective form 10-50 years after it has been burned or died and fallen to the forest floor. The outer bark and pulp layers have decayed away. I harvest the nearly fossilized heartwood, which is partly buried in the earth beneath the natural detritus.

My work begins with the formal elements of the tree's inner core. The graceful and sweeping lines, flowing curves, and whorls of wood grain convey a unique archetype of artistic expression. There is a meaningful relationship between the inner, structural beauty and mystery of trees, and our own conscious and unconscious minds and spirit.

In my artwork, I use hand and power tools, a variety of pigments, paints, resin suspensions, and mica powders and holographic particles to develop layers of reflective patina. I construct individual pieces, which range from 6 inches to 15 feet, as well as installations. My sculpture is a means of recovering the inner spirit of the tree, bringing it to life again, and revealing its extant artistic form and meaning.

Personally, my re-creations of these trees are the most believable representation of life after death that I have encountered. I work intensely and intimately with the wood by hand  my senses until its spiritual light scintillates anew -- a resurrected second life that is entirely different from the original tree.

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