Joel: 1968 (USA)
Joel Urruty was born in San Francisco, CA in 1968, the son
of Franch Basque immigrants. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree,
in 1992, in Industrial Technology at San Francisco State University. In
1992-1993 he apprenticed as a furniture maker under David J. Marks, Master
Craftsman. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts in 1996, in Furniture Design
and Woodworking from the School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute
of Technology. – Urruty Carves unique one of a kind sculptures in wood
and bronze. His work has been shown in Japan and throughout the United
States. His work is widely published in professional magazines and books.
Exhibitions and Honors
Exhibitions:2010. American Craft Exposition,
Evanston, IL.; Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Philadelphia, PA;
Washington Craft Show Washington DC. 2008 Philadelphia Museum Craft Show
2007 Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA: Shy Boy, She devil and Isis; The
Art of Conceptual Craft Selections from the Wornick Collection; 2006 Smithsonian
Craft Show; 2004 Fuller Craft Museum, Brockville, MA: Cut it Out; WDO
gallery, Charlotte, NC: The Language of Wood. 2002 WDO Gallery, Charlotte,
NC: Two Man Show: Joël Urruty & John Goodheart. 2001 The World Competition
of Arts and Crafts, Kanazawa, JAPAN; The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston,
MA: Two Man Show: Joël Urruty & Rolf Hoeg; SOFA Chicago: represented by
Andora gallery, Chicago, IL. 2007 represented by del Mano Gallery, Los
Angeles, CA.2005- 2006 Represented by Finer Things Gallery, Nashville,
TN. 1998- 2004 SOFA NY: represented by del Mano gallery, Los Angeles,
CA. 2005- 2007 represented by Finer things gallery, Nashville,
TN. Honors: 2004 Residency Fellowship, International
turning Exchange, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA; 2000 Merit
Award, Images 200, Robeson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 1999 Richard Guggenheim
Award, Best in 3D, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA; Honorable Mention,
The Muse Gallery: National Juried Show, Philadelphia, PA. 1996
Art and Design American Craft Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology
Graduate Department Scholarship, Rochester Institute of technology; Grovewood
Scholarship, Asheville, NC.
Publications and Collections:
Publications: Shy boy, She Devil, and Isis:
the art of conceptual craft, by MFA publication, Julie Muniz; Connections:
International Turning Exchange 1995-2005, Wood Turning Center; Wood Art
Today, Dona Z Meilach Scratching the Surface, Art and Content in Contemporary
Wood Art; Michael Hosaluk Tradition in Contemporary Furniture. Collections:
Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA; Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia PA; Horn
Collection; Wornick Collection; Waterbury Collection; Bressler Collection;
Kochman Collection; Wolin Collection.
Artist's Statement: As an artist I strive to create
elegant sculpture that capture the true essence of the subject matter.
Form, line and surface are used as the visual language. The figure is
abstracted to a minimalist form, void of any superfluous information.
The primary material, wood is often masked by paint to allow the form
to take precedence over the material. Monochromatic colors, such as, black
or white are often used on the sculptures allowing light and shadow to
off the subtle shifting facets of the sculptures. – This is what I do.
Why: I do it, I don't really know. I do know that there is something deep
inside that drives me to make these things. Things I don't completely
understand myself. But when a piece is finished and it feels right, I
know I have done what it was I was supposed to do and I then move on to
Urruty2 Lady Series
Joel Urruty, 'Swan Lady' in Bronze, Wood, and
Granite. Edition of 8. Size: 69" x 10" x 10". View
Urruty4 Lady Series
Joel Urruty, 'Lady of the Woods' in Mahogany,
Maple and Concrete. 85" x 12" x 12". Close-Up
Urruty5 Lady Series
Joel Urruty, 'Sorrow' in Ash and Concrete.
Size: 68" x 24" x 14".Close-Up
Urruty7 Chair Series
Joel Urruty, 'Comfort' in Mahagany, Ash and Concrete.
Size: 65" x 10" x 10".Close-Up
Urruty8 Chair Series
Joel Urruty, 'Seated Figures' in Mahagany,
Ash and Concrete. Size: 64" x 36" x 10".Close-Up
Urruty9 Chair Series
Joel Urruty, 'Red Chair/ White Birds' in Maple
and Concrete. Size: 65" x 10" x 10".Close-Up
Urruty10 Chair Series
Joel Urruty, 'Fish on Chair' in Mahogany, Ash
and Concrete. Size: 64" x 14" x 10".
Urruty11 Chair Series
Joel Urruty, 'White Chair/ Red Birds' Fish on Chair'
in Maple and Concrete. Size: 65" x 10" x 10"
Joel Urruty, 'School of Fish #1' in Mahogany.
Size 14"x 32" x 14". Close-Up
Joel Urruty, 'Guardian (Black)' in Mahogany
and Concrete. Size 72"x 16" x 11". Close-Up