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John Suttman

John Suttman


Portrait by Donna Granata - 2008               

John Suttman (1955 - )

John Suttman is an artist whose work involves “unexpected function and the discovery of hidden beauty.” The china cabinet threatens to fall over while another seems ready to dance. A chair is poised to join Alice’s tea party. And that beautiful wood finish is not wood at all, but a rich combination of patina and paint on steel. Welcome to the world of John Suttman, designer, sculptor, furniture maker extraordinaire. As a college student at the University of New Mexico, John worked in many media and upon graduation began a successful career as designer/fabricator of high end fashion jewelry. Ultimately his interest in furniture and predilection for metal fabrication merged. “Furniture,” says John, “is all about people. It’s our alter ego.” John playfully tweaks and distorts familiar objects, turning them into works of art. In addition to furniture, he enjoys designing and building gates, using steel as his canvas, one project being a series of gates designed for the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona.

John Suttman's documentation took place in 2007 and was sponsored by Sandra & Jordan Laby and Jo Ellen & Stephen Lee.  The FOTM Archive contains extensive information about this artist. To learn more about John Suttman please visit