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″

Arai

Walnut and concrete 66″ x 10″ x 10″

Ballion

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

Breach

Poplar, concrete 82″ x 11″ x 10″

Carbona

Dyed Basswood 19″ x 9″ x 5″

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″

Jensen

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

Lady

Cast resin mounted on concrete base 62″ x 8″ x 8″

Lark

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

Pilot

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

Repos

Basswood and pigments 9″ x 19″ x 8″

Saucer #4

Bleached hickory and concrete 17″ 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″

Whick

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

White Tower

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

SOLD

Blue School

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

Reverie

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

Unleashed

Bleached Wood 12″ x 33″ x 16″ SOLD

Waiting

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