Reviews & Critiques
"He is not caught in metaphor nor swayed by whimsy. The works are solid, real, and have a feeling of permanence as well as a spiritual quality. This is in part due to his high level of craftsmanship coupled with his innate respect for the materials."
Fletcher Schwing, ARTFINDS The Baltimore Press
"These pieces are as refined and highly worked as a piece of Tiffany jewelry, yet they also evoke an undercurrent of warrior ferocity that makes them seem mysterious and almost dangerously beautiful."
Glenn McNatt The Baltimore Sun
"You have a considerable gift for combining disparate materials into fresh and unexpected compositions. Being simultaneously attracted and repulsed by your choice of found objects, I found that these conflicting responses created a duality and tension which brought a very positive resonance to the work. ...Your pieces gave me the opportunity to continually find new layers of possibilities and meanings inherent in the individual components as well as the whole. I believe that this quality is essential in a work of art and you have successfully achieved it."
Michael Monroe, former curator-in-charge
Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian
"Tom Wells' sculptures of found object assemblages are so intriguing that they require second, third and fourth glances. . .The assemblages are fresh and exciting with every glance; and, like solving a crossword puzzle, the viewer is challenged to decipher the composition of each work."
"On a deeper level Wells' found object assemblages act like Gestalt tests. Each work has an overall pattern or structure that is greater than the separate parts. The parts have been removed from their usual context and placed in a new one, requiring viewers to restructure their concept of an object's identity in order to see the new whole."
Cara Seitchek, Maryland State Art Council
Critics Residency Program