Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Featuring Sculptor Joe Gitterman

Stunning, breathtaking, and dynamic are just a few ways to describe sculptor Joe Gitterman's works of art. Using a unique array of fine metals and finishes, his designs become a focal point of interest whether in a residential, commercial, or public domain.

Mr Gitterman has an impressive list of private commissions and has the ability to fabricate his sculptures in many sizes. Please enjoy his fascinating story and our discussion below.

1) Joe thank you so much for participating in this interview. Your sculptures are stunning! After an illustrious career on the New York Stock Exchange, what propelled you into the life of a professional artist and sculptor?

I took my first art classes many years ago when my wife was working nights in the theater. I was working in the New York Stock Exchange at the time and my nights were free so I decided to put them to good use and nurture my interest in art. It became a hobby that I spent a lot of time on. I worked in plaster, wood and marble but really fell in love with metal. In 2011 I happen to participate in a gallery show and ended up selling a few pieces. It was a pleasant surprise to me that my pieces sold. I quickly mounted a website and became a full-time working artist.

2) When did you first become interested in the arts? 

Like many people I owe my interest in arts to a teacher.  My 6th grade teacher was fantastic and really encouraged me to express myself through art. 

3) Your sculptures are infused with movement. How does your thought process work when you begin a new piece or a new series of art?

It's a process in which I get a picture in my mind. I try to create what I am visualizing but sometimes I end up with something different than I originally envisioned. Sometimes that ends up being a really exciting surprise

4)  Who has influenced your style and creativity? Are there mentors or other artists that you respect and admire?

To name just three I would say Brancusi, Hepworth and Moore. My mentors and other artists that I admire is a very long list of amazing talents and contemporaries that have helped me. Too many to mention. 

5) Joe, I understand you do many private commissions from clients such as the renowned interior designer Robert Couturier to Norwegian Cruise Lines. Would you tell us more about that? 

For me the most exciting aspect of doing a commissioned piece or pieces is creating something that fits into and compliments the aesthetic of a specific location or design need. It is very different than creating something I love for myself. I recently installed a piece in a luxury residential building by architecture icon Robert A.M. Stern in Washington DC. It is the only sculpture in the building. 

6) Where can readers find your sculptures and do you have any upcoming exhibits? 

I'm working on some future exhibits and more information is available on my website - WWW.JOEGITTERMAN.COM  I am also on Instagram, Pinterest, FaceBook and some art exhibition sites. 

7) What is your advice to the beginning artist of any age? 

Be passionate about what you do and always keep exploring. 

Thank you again, Joe! 

Thank you to my Family, Friends and Followers who support The Arts!



The Arts by Karena


pve design said...

Stunning work, so simple, dramatic and with such force or movement!

donna baker said...

Karena, my favorite is his armillary in stone. Just love it.

Vel Criste said...

WOW! love the first and 3rd the most! Thanks for the intro Karena!

g├ęsbi said...

Bravo for this interesting interview! Very inspiring, too.
My favorite is in photo no.2.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Must say I love the first one...not sure because of the metal used, it's extraordinary beauty and then of core the backdrop....so very talented...and I applaud him for thanking his 6th grade teacher for inspiring him to pursue the arts....teachers are so inspirational! Great interview...amazing sculptor!

peggy braswell said...

such a talent + thanks for the introdction.xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

La Contessa said...

GOOD FOR HIM.......BUT what I want to know is how did he get up so early then go back out at night to do ART?He must be one of those people who needs only a few hours sleep!

MJH Design Arts said...

Beautiful--Iove the movement and soul of the works. Thanks!! Mary

Debra Phillips said...

i love the sinuous nature of his work, particularly the garden sphere. interesting life story
thank you!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Stunning work. The lines and shapes are amazingly interesting and beautiful at the same time.
Thanks for sharing!

My Notting Hill said...

Incredible work. It's rare but it's always impressive when you drive by a home and they have a piece of sculpture displayed in their yard.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love these sculptures! Thanks for sharing.

leslie said...

Wow! Amazing work and such passion for what he does!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Leslie sinclair

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh the last piece of sculpture is my favorite. My garden could definitely use some yard art.

Make sure you link up this gem on Thoughts of Home on Thursday because it has such lovely images.

LBDDiaries said...

OK, at first look it is "just twisted metal" then you look again - and viola! Art! It sneaks up on you. I actually love this - and would love to showcase a piece in my flower garden.

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