JOËL URRUTY

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.”

Artwork

Ambo

Bleached Oak & Concrete 67″ x 11″ x 11″
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Anthera

Bleached basswood 30″ x 10″ x 9″

Ballion

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

Carbona

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

Cherokee

Bleached poplar, black concrete 26″ x 7″ x 7″
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Cluster

Mahogany and Ash 8″ x 33″ x 4″

Cora

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

Dandelion

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

Falcone

Basswood, Pigmented Lacquer 62″ x 23″

Floating

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

Fractured

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″

Jensen

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

Lady

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

Lotus

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

Nymph

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

Pilot

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

Repos

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″

Selina

Bleached Wood 21″ x 10″ x 5″

Spear

Mahogany and concrete 39″ x 5″ x 5″

Three Souls

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

Totem

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

Tritan

Pigmented mahogany 23″ x 8″ x 8″

Twins

Pigmented mahogany 7″ x 40″ x 7″

Twist

Bleached Cherry 17″ x 7″ x 7″

Whick

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

White Tower

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

Yellow

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

SOLD

Arai

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

Blue School

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

Breach

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

Dutch

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

Figures

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

Lark

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

Reverie

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

Unleashed

Bleached Wood 12″ x 33″ x 16″ SOLD

Waiting

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