Portrait of James Butler RA accepted into Face 2018 exhibition
Josephs sculpture of James Butler RA has been accepted into the society of portrait sculptors annual exhibition. The work will be on display from the 14th to the 19th of May at London's La Galleria Pall Mall.
Joe's path to becoming a sculptor started at a young age, choosing clay and 3D work over drawing and painting where ever he could, he stood out among his fellow school pupils as a gifted artist.
A lifelong passion for art and sculpture together with his practical nature led him to take up an apprenticeship in stone masonry. Masonry combined design with hands on physical work that suited his creative personality.
Joe trained as a stone mason at York College where he learnt the craft to an advanced level. During his training he received an award from the Masonic province of Yorkshire North and East craft lodges.(most improved banker Mason)Read more about it here.
Joe worked as a stone mason for several years and became experienced in many aspects of the craft. His particular interest in sculpture together with his flare for stone carving drove him to establish his own business and become a sculptor full time. Opening his own workshop and gallery in early 2012, his work is already in private collections spanning from Glasgow to London.
Human form and in particular the head inspire Joes work. He creates unique figurative pieces as well as portrait sculpture in both stone and bronze. He also produces bespoke stone work including the design, creation and installation of stone fireplaces and all other ornate stone work.
Working on both a commission basis as well as creating his own collection he works in both stone and bronze. When producing bronzes Joe firstly creates the sculpture in clay, a medium he became experienced with during earlier studies of fine art and sculpture. These are then cast in bronze using the lost wax method to produce limited edition sculpture.
Pillars Past Josephs monumental public art work represents the history of Nidderdale in three life like stone figures. This Striking installation can be seen on the old railway turntable in Pateley Bridge. Sustans the cycle route charity commissioned the sculptor to produce this striking instalation. follow the link for more details - Sustrans. Pillars Past was 'Highly commended' at the Natural Stone Awards 2016 in the Carving, Lettering and Sculpture category. Read more about the awards here .
'My workshop and gallery is open to the public most days including Saturdays please feel free to visit.'