‘BODY LINES’ Joel Bird
24 January – 26 February 2011 (Extended)
Liverpool born artist and sculptor, Joel Bird returns with a new collection of work showing at the Corke Gallery. With this collection, I began with a vision of the art nouveau decorative arabesques and introduced expressionist aesthetics.
Initially, the nude models are seen as a motif, the erotic impact is less direct, the polarity between skin tones and the bed clothes or drapes can be easily read as abstract. Some classical elements remain and it is this balance of ornamental abstraction and the more realistic pointillist rendering which creates equilibrium between the nude as a woman and as a creature of ornament and expresses the delicate relationship between our understanding of nature and art.
Joel Bird Art hangs in private and public collections across America, Europe & Japan. Including solo exhibits in Philadelphia & London invites to Liverpool & Florence Biennials. He has curated shows across the UK and he has worked in fashion and photography in New York.
Joel’s work is compared to the Austrian Abstract Expressionists and members of the Wiener Werkstätte as well as ‘original’ art such as Maori, Native American and Inuit. Such comparisons can be observed, stemming from Joel’s belief, that art represents the indestructible link between working creative humans and nature.