"William Tunberg is one of the world’s foremost woodworking and marquetry artists."

Tunberg's work "...is quite polite, and quite insane."

"It's Tunberg's ability to infuse his craft with his unique, and sometimes, sardonic, vision that makes his furniture designs so original."

EDUCATION

M.F.A. Sculpture - 1965. University of Southern California

B.F.A. Architecture - 1963, Cum Laude. University of Southern California

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture & Furniture

2009 American Jewish University, Bel Air, California, Sculpture

2002 William Turner Gallery, Venice, California, Sculpture

2001 Susan Street Fine Arts, Solana Beach, California, Sculpture

2000 Boritzer/Gray/Hamano, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

2000 Molly Barnes, Santa Monica, California, Drawings

1998 William Turner Gallery, Venice, California, Sculpture

1995 University of Redlands, Redlands, California, Sculpture

1993 Transamerica Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Drawings

1989 72 Market Street, Venice, California, Sculpture

1987 Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1985 Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1985 West Beach, Venice, California, Furniture & Sculpture

1983 Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1978 Mt. Hood College, Gresham, Oregon, Sculpture

1976 Morgan Thomas, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1976 Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, Sculpture

1975 Ann Hughes, Portland, Oregon, Drawings

1974 Polly Friedlander, Seattle, Washington, Drawings

1972 David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1969 Molly Barnes, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012-13 Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sculpture & Drawings

2012 WLA College, The Nude, Drawings

2010 Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada, Sculpture & Drawings

2009 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

2009 Royal/T Gallery, Culver City, California, Sculpture

2008 Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada, Sculpture & Drawings

2007 Orange County Museum of Art, Orange, California, Art & Architecture, Sculpture

2006 Los Angeles & Ontario Airports, Current West Coast Art, Sculpture

2006 Whitney Museum, New York, Whitney Biennial Peace Tower, Painting

2006 Costello-Childs, Phoenix, Arizona, Sculpture

2005 Santa Monica Originals, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

2005 William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

2004 Marlborough Chelsea, New York, Sculpture

2003 Susan Street Fine Arts, Solana Beach, California, Sculpture

2002 Louis Stern, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

2001 Susan Street Fine Arts, Solana Beach, California, Sculpture

2001 Boritzer/Gray/Hamano, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

2000 Louis Stern, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

2000 Robert Berman, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1999 Leo Kaplan Modern, New York, New York, Sculpture

1999 Boritzer/Gray/Hamano, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1998 Susan Street Fine Arts, Solana Beach, California, Sculpture

1998 Artluxe, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1997 Susan Street Fine Arts, Solana Beach, California, Sculpture

1996 Patricia Correia, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1995 Boritzer/Gray/Hamano, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1993 Santa Monica Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1991 Cal State Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California, Ten West Coast Artists, Sculpture

1989 Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1989 UCLA Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1988 Otis-Parsons, Los Angeles, California, Drawings

1986 Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1986 University of California, Santa Barbara, California, Sculpture

1986 ABC Development, Osaka, Japan, California Design, Sculpture

1985 Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1985 Otis-Parsons, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1985 Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Sculpture

1983 Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1977 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, Private Images, Sculpture

1974 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, Sculpture

1972 Cal Tech, Pasadena, California, Surrealism is Alive and Well, Sculpture

1971 University of California, Berkeley, California, Sculpture

1970 California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, A Show of Hands, Sculpture

1969 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Human Concern/Personal Torment, Sculpture

1969 David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles, California, Drawings

1968 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, Whitney Annual, Sculpture

1966 Hayward State College, Hayward, California, West Coast Sculpture, Sculpture

 

PUBLIC ART, COMMISSIONS & AWARDS

2017 Chapman University, Orange, California, Furniture

2016 Chapman University, Orange, California, Furniture

2015 Chapman University, Orange, California, Sculpture & Furniture

2014 Chapman University, Orange, California, Sculpture & Furniture

2013 Chapman University, Orange, California, Sculpture

2012 Chapman University, Orange, California, Sculpture

2011 Yukevick | Cavanaugh, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

2010 Chapman University, Orange, California, Executive Offices, Furniture

2010 Weil & Co., Century City, California, Sculpture

2008 University of California, Riverside, 30' Sculptural Wall

2008 Chapman University, Orange, California, Holocaust Torah Ark

2007 Kaiser Hospital, Irvine, California, Sculpture

2007 Center Theater Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

2005 Chapman University, Orange, California, Executive Offices, Furniture & Sculpture

2004 Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sculpture

2004 Chapman University, Orange, California, Main Worship Space & Founders Chapel, Furniture, Altars & Cross

2003 General Dynamics, Nassco Division, San Diego, California, "North Star" Ship, Sculpture

2003 General Dynamics, Nassco Division, San Diego, California, "Midnight Sun" Ship, Sculpture

2003 Payden & Rygel Investment Counsel, London, England, Sculpture

2001 Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, Special Projects Grant, Sculpture

2001 Roy's Hawaiian Restaurants, Rancho Bernardo, California, Sculpture

2001 MP3.com, San Diego, California, Sculpture

2000 Icon Blue Corporation, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1999 Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, Los Angeles, California, Sculptural Ark

1998 Payden & Rygel Investment Counsel, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1997 Hewlett-Packard Corporation, San Diego, California, Entryway & Conference Sculptures

1997 Herbalife Corporation, Century City, California, Entryway Sculpture

1996 The Great Vision Church, Los Angeles, California, Sculptural Cross

1993 Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, California, Altar & Sculptural Cross

1993 Weil & Company, Santa Monica, California, Entryway, Reception & Conference Sculptures

1993 Santa Monica Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank Collection, Santa Monica, California

1992 McDermott, Will & Emery, Century City, California, Entryway Sculpture

1991 Veteran's Memorial Competition Winner, City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, California

1991 Typhoon Restaurant, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, California, Entryway & Lighting

1990 Annual Design Award, Furniture Designer of the Year, Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles, California

1988 Maple Drive Restaurant, Beverly Hills, California, Furniture & Interior Design

1988 Joseph Drown Foundation, Los Angeles, California, Posthumous Portrait of Founder

1987 72 Market Street, Venice, California, Sculpture

1987 Mickey Raphael, Los Angeles, California, Compact Disc Cover, "Hand to Mouth" Sculpture

1982 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Asher Collection, Los Angeles, California, Sculpture

1981 Hasselblad Corporation, Sweden, Sculpture

1977 California Arts Commission Grant, State of California, 48' X 16' Billboard

1972 First Purchase Award, Sculpture, Los Angeles All City Outdoor Art Festival, Los Angeles, California

1965 First Award, Graphics, Professional, All California Art in Cross-Section Exhibit

1964 Stanley Jameson Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

1963-64 Graduate Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

1960-63 Academic Scholarship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

1956-57 Academic Scholarship, University of the South, Sewanee, California

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015 Art Breakers (TV Series), Ovation, October 25

2013 Wall Street Journal, August, Ornament Reborn

2009 Art Scene LA, February

2008 CWB Magazine, April, A Symphony of Colors

2006 Interior Design Magazine, December, Best of the Year Award, Chapman University

2005 Interior Design Magazine, August, A Congregation of Talent

2005 Santa Barbara News-Press, May 27, Aesthetic-Intensive Woodwork

2004 Art in America, October, Four Americans at Marlborough Chelsea

2003 CWB Magazine, June, Innovations in Marquetry

1998 LA Weekly Magazine, June 19-25, Art Pick of the Week

1998 21st Festival of the Autumn Moon, September

1994 Metropolitan Home, May/June, L.A. Color

1990 Angeles Magazine, June, Annual Angeles Design Awards

1989 Santa Monica News, January 20, Art of the Craftsman & Thoughts on Leisure

1989 Angeles Magazine, April, Feature Site Specific

1989 Interiors Magazine, August, Beyond the Labels

1987 Editor's Choice II: Fiction, Poetry & Art, Iowa City, Iowa

1987 Metropolitan Home Magazine, August

1986 Los Angeles Times, July 18, Galleries

1980 Mississippi Mud, Winter, Cover Illustration

1979 Willamette Week, Misisissippi Mud, April 16

1979 Oregon Magazine, The Trout Hooker's Ball (Illustration), April

1979 Mississippi Mud, November, Portland, Oregon, Cover and three interior illustrations

1977 New West, February 14, Los Angeles, Incomplete History of Billboards

1977 Environmental Communications, Venice, Mega Art and Big Art

1975 Artweek, September, Tunberg's Chaotic Imagery

1975 La Mamelle, San Francisco, "Coon Chicken"

1975 Box Art, Dona Meilach, Crown Publishing

1974 Art in Boxes, Alex Mogelon, Von Nostrand Reinhold, New York

1972 Art International, April

1972 Los Angeles Times, April 7, Art Walk

1972 Evening Outlook, April 15, The Art Scene

1972 Los Angeles Times, April 28, Current Art Shows

1971 Art International, January

1970 Art Forum, December

1970 Mizue, Tokyo, Japan

1970 Esquire, April, Portrait of the Artist as a Wet Hen

1969 Make Believe, Pesaro, Italy

1969 Sandak Collection

1969 Time Magazine, February 28, New Trends in Art

 

LECTURES & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2010 Fellows of Contemporary Art, Lecturer, Design

2005 Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Center Theatre, Lecturer, Design

2003 Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Center Theatre, Lecturer, Design

2000 Los Angeles County Music Center, Los Angeles, California, Lecturer, Design

2000 California Fashion Institute, Los Angeles, California, Lecturer, Design

1997 Academy of Entertainment and Technology, Santa Monica, California, Lecturer, Drawing

1997 Digital Domain, Venice, California, Lecturer, Drawing

1997 Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, Lecture: Evolution of an Artist

1997 Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, Marquetry Workshop

1995 Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, Lecture: Traditional Techniques in Contemporary Imagery

1993 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, Instructor, Drawing

1990-93 Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture, Santa Monica, California, Instructor, Design

1988-91 California State University, Los Angeles, California, Instructor, Art History, Drawing and Graduate Seminars

1988 72 Market Street, Venice, California, Lecture Series on Architecture

1988 Resident Artist, California Festival of Arts, Loyola/Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

1983 Resident Artist, Cal Poly, Pomona, California

1972-75 Mt. Hood College, Gresham, Oregon, Instructor, Design

1970-72 California State University, Los Angeles, California, Instructor, Art History, Design

1970-71 Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, Instructor, Sculpture

1970 Resident Artist, Hayward State College, Hayward, California

1970 Resident Artist, Southwestern College, Los Angeles, California

1966-67 Utah State University, Logan, Utah, Instructor, Drawing

1965-66 University of Southern California, Instructor, Drawing

"Tunberg's drawing...reflects power, weakness, protection and irony, and is well-executed, risky work."

"Master of modernist marquetry."

 

– Peter Frank