Joel Bird's Profile

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The lines of flux and flow in my art are an attempt to reconcile our duality as nature has. I visualize magnetic fields, knots in wood or water erosion in rock. To me they also represent how our subconscious relationship with our memories and feelings determine how we see the present moment.
I do not want the magic of nature to be lost in my work with
Also included in the Exhibit are five of my bird sculptures all of which are associated with Pennsylvania. I am a lifelong bird watcher and try to express the individual birds personalities in my work. I use rock formations as an inspiration; a recent study of volcanic rock took me kayaking to the island of Staffa on the West Coast of Scotland which influenced some of this work. I take time with both my sculptures and my paintings; I want my sculptures to have been ‘eroded’ naturally and my paintings to ‘grow’ slowly and steadily. In this way time becomes a…

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  • Born on March 2
  • Joined July 6, 2010

Favorite materials

acrylic, oil and water colour paint, bioresin casts from clay models

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About

The lines of flux and flow in my art are an attempt to reconcile our duality as nature has. I visualize magnetic fields, knots in wood or water erosion in rock. To me they also represent how our subconscious relationship with our memories and feelings determine how we see the present moment.
I do not want the magic of nature to be lost in my work with
Also included in the Exhibit are five of my bird sculptures all of which are associated with Pennsylvania. I am a lifelong bird watcher and try to express the individual birds personalities in my work. I use rock formations as an inspiration; a recent study of volcanic rock took me kayaking to the island of Staffa on the West Coast of Scotland which influenced some of this work. I take time with both my sculptures and my paintings; I want my sculptures to have been ‘eroded’ naturally and my paintings to ‘grow’ slowly and steadily. In this way time becomes a part of them, like slow grown wood or evolution, they are stronger creative pieces.
My involvement with the art extends also to both the construction of the frames and the molding and casting of the sculptures. I have worked as a carpenter, a printer and in concrete molding; I consider the skills of craft and its relationship to the ‘quality’ of art interesting. Most humans have a natural talent for concept or for craft, but not always for both, I find the marriage of these best expresses my belief that art represents the indestructible link between working creative humans and nature. Because of this belief in nature as a source of creation I would say my work is compared mostly to The Austrian Abstract Expressionists and members of the Wiener Werkstätte as well as ‘original’ art such as Maori, Native American and Inuit.
It will be a joy to come back to America and I hope to find some time to travel and spend some time outdoors. On my last visit in 2008 I sold work to private and public collections in Philadelphia, Allentown, Daytona, Florida and New York. I have also exhibited throughout England and Scotland and applications for residencies in Europe has achieved a recent invite to the Florence Biennial.

Previous Events
Nov 9th- 15th 2009
Joel Bird Solo Exhibit. Allotments. The Coach House Gallery, Calderstones Park, Liverpool
July 16th – August 26th 2009
Joel Bird Solo Exhibition, Mersey Bio, 2Bio, Crown St. Liverpool.
Nov 3rd- 9th 2008
Joel Bird Solo Exhibit. Birds in the Park. The Coach House Gallery, Calderstones Park, Liverpool
June 2008.
Manayunk Arts Festival.Philadelphia. USA
May 21st 2008
Mayfair Arts Festival, Cedar Park, Allentown. USA
September 10th 2007
Joel Bird Solo Exhibition. Paintings and bird Call Simulation, John Lennon Arts Festival.Durness, Scotland.
April 28th 2007
19th Street Arts Festival., Allentown, Pennsylvania. USA.
August-October, 2006
Artist in residence. Liverpool Biennial Arts Festival. Parr St. Gallery, Parr St.

Education and Work History:
1993 A-levels Art, Physics, English, General Studies. Calderstones Comprehensive.
1997 John Moores university
1999 International centre for design and communication.
2000 Sprinter Print, Graphic Design, screen printing and Litho Printing, Liverpool England.
2002 Freelance graphic design, London
2004 Warpchord Arts and culture magazine, Liverpool. Magazine Design, Photography

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