Born 1968 in San Francisco CA, Joël Urruty is a sculptor working in wood and bronze, creating abstract sculptures and wall assemblages.
After graduating with a BS in Design from San Francisco State University, Joël went on to earn an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology with an emphasis in woodworking. Joël
ʼs sculptures have been exhibited internationally. He has work in the permanent collection of the Asheville Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Joël lives and works in western North Carolina. 

As an artist I strive to create elegant sculptures 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 play 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 suppose to do and move on to the next.”



Bleached Oak & Concrete 67″ x 11″ x 11″
Buy Bleached Basswood of Three White Sticks Pointing Up | Anthera | MAC Art Galleries


Bleached basswood 30″ x 10″ x 9″


Basswood, pigment, concrete 21″ x 6″ x 6″


Dyed Basswood 19″ x 9″ x 5″
Buy Bleached Polar, Black Concrete Of White Oval on Rectangle Box with Openings | Cherokee | MAC Art Galleries


Bleached poplar, black concrete 26″ x 7″ x 7″
Buy Mahogany and Ash of Pebbles Falling Down By Sand | Cluster | MAC Art Galleries


Mahogany and Ash 8″ x 33″ x 4″


Bleached poplar and concrete 57″ x 9″ x 9″


Basswood, pigment, lacquer 8″ x 30″ x 6″


Basswood, Pigmented Lacquer 62″ x 23″


Dyed Mahogany & Lacquer 37″ x 17″ x 15″
Buy Mahogany Concrete of Two Pillars with a Semi-Circle Taken Out of It | Fractured | MAC Art Galleries


Mahogany, concrete 30″ x 9″ x 7″
By Walnut Aluminum of Wire of Unique Shape | Frenzy #1 | MAC Art Galleries

Frenzy #1

Walnut, aluminum 30″ x 9″ x 8″
Buy Dyed Walnut and Aluminum of Wire of Lightening Bolt | Frenzy #4 | MAC Art Galleries

Frenzy #4

Dyed walnut, aluminum 33″ x 11″ x 10″
Buy Dyed Walnut and Aluminum of Wires Going up and Down and Many Flags | Frenzy #5 | MAC Art Galleries

Frenzy #5

Dyed walnut, aluminum 27″ x 12″ x 8″


Bleached Poplar, Lacquer 45″ x 10″ x 8″


Cast resin mounted on concrete base 52″ x 8″ x 8″


Basswood, sterling silver leaf 24″ x 7″ x 7″
By Bleached Poplar, Concrete of White Oval Speaker on a White Box with Opening | Nymph | MAC Art Galleries


Bleached poplar, concrete 28″ x 8″ x 8″


Mahogany (dyed), lacquer, concrete 70″ x 15″ x 15″


Basswood and pigments 9″ x 19″ x 8″
Buy Dyed Hickory Concrete of Five Black Rocks Balancing on One Another | Saucer #6 | MAC Art Galleries

Saucer #6

Dyed hickory, concrete 16″ x 7″ x 7″


Bleached Wood 21″ x 10″ x 5″


Mahogany and concrete 39″ x 5″ x 5″

Three Souls

Bronze with silver patina 82″ x 21″ x 18″


Dyed mahogany, concrete base 63″ x 8″ x 8″
Buy Pigmented Mahogany of Three Bulbs with Tops Touching | Tritan | MAC Art Galleries


Pigmented mahogany 23″ x 8″ x 8″


Pigmented mahogany 7″ x 40″ x 7″


Bleached Cherry 17″ x 7″ x 7″


Bleached poplar, concrete 65″ x 10″ x 10″

White Tower

Bleached Red Oak, White Concrete 92″ x 16″ x 16″


Basswood, Pigmented Lacquer 5″ x 18″ x 4″



Walnut and concrete 66″ x 10″ x 10″ SOLD

Blue School

Mahogany, maple and pigment 16″ x 24″ x 12″ SOLD


Poplar, concrete 82″ x 11″ x 10″ SOLD
Buy Charred Poplar, Concrete of Black Oval on White Rectangle Box | Dutch | MAC Art Galleries


Charred poplar, concrete 27.5″ x 8″ x 8″ SOLD


Charred Red Oak 81″ x 21″ x 17″ SOLD

Lady in Black

Mahogany, Pigmented Lacquer 72.75″ x 12″ x 12″ SOLD

Lady in Black

Basswood, Black Matte Pigmented Lacquer 66″ x 10″ x 10″ SOLD


Wood and Pigmented Lacquer 32″ x 9″ x 8″ SOLD


Mahogany (dyed), lacquer, and white concrete base 66″ x 11″ x 11″ SOLD

Saucer #4

Bleached hickory and concrete 17″ x 7″ x 7″ SOLD


Bleached Wood 12″ x 33″ x 16″ SOLD


Mahogany and Pigments 28″ x 10″ x 7″ SOLD