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Joel Shapses

Joel Shapses

Top Featured Artist | ArtTour International NY.

Exquisite Harmony:

Sculpting Emotional Resonance by Joel Shapses

by Viviana Puello.

“Relection” Resin Casting by Joel Shapses.

Joel Shapses is an artist whose work goes beyond visual aesthetics and ventures into the realm of emotional resonance and intellectual engagement. His sculptures, crafted from a diverse range of materials, embody a unique harmony that enthralls the viewer and beckons them into a profound conversation with the art. As you delve into Joel Shapses’ artwork, you are encouraged to embrace the unique harmony that encapsulates his creative vision.

In the dynamic piece titled “Wave,” Shapses demonstrates his mastery over alabaster, transforming the stone into a fluid form that seems to defy its inherent rigidity. The sculpture’s sweeping curves and smooth surface evoke the gentle yet powerful motion of the ocean, capturing a moment of serene beauty frozen in time. This exquisite harmony between form and material is a testament to Shapses’ ability to breathe life into stone, creating works that resonate with viewers on a deeply emotional level.

At the core of Shapses’ artistic philosophy is his aspiration to inspire and provoke thought. Each piece he creates is meticulously designed with the aim of motivating and stirring the viewer. This is particularly evident in his work “Gum Drops,” a vibrant sculpture that fuses playful shapes with a remarkably dynamic composition. The alabaster used in this piece is skillfully polished to accentuate its natural beauty, while the arrangement of the forms instills a sense of movement and joy. The unique harmony in “Gum Drops” lies in its ability to evoke a sense of childlike wonder and delight, reminding viewers of the simple pleasures in life.

“Wave” Alabaster by Joel Shapses.

Shapse’s artistic journey is not confined to stone. His work “Reflection,” a resin casting, showcases his versatility and eagerness to explore different mediums. This piece, with its intricate interplay of light and shadow, reflects his profound understanding of form and space. The unique harmony in “Reflection” emerges from the way the piece interacts with its surroundings, casting delicate patterns of light that shift with the viewer’s perspective. This interactive quality makes “Reflection” a living piece of art, constantly evolving and engaging the viewer in a continuous dialogue.

Beyond the individual pieces, what sets Joel Shapses apart is his commitment to creating art that resonates on multiple levels. His sculptures are not just visual delights but are imbued with a sense of purpose and meaning. As he explains, “All of my artist creations are crafted to inspire, motivate, move, and provoke thought in the eye of the viewer. Each material I work with inspires me to create something that fulfills these parameters. The results are both fulfilling to me and those who view it.”

“Gum Drops” Alabaster by Joel Shapses.

This philosophy is evident in the way Shapses engages with his materials. Whether working with alabaster, resin, or any other medium, he approaches each project with a deep respect for the material’s inherent qualities. This respect is reflected in the exquisite harmony that characterizes his work, where every element is carefully considered and balanced to create a cohesive and impactful whole.

Joel Shapses’ work invites viewers to look beyond the surface and explore the deeper meanings and emotions embedded within each piece. His sculptures are more than just objects; they are experiences that challenge and inspire, encouraging viewers to see the world from new perspectives. This transformative power of art is at the core of Shapses’ practice, making his work not only visually stunning but also profoundly meaningful.

For those interested in experiencing the exquisite harmony of Joel Shapses’ work firsthand, we invite you to explore more on the artist’s website. Click below to embark on a journey through his diverse and captivating portfolio. Each piece is a testament to his skill, creativity, and dedication to creating art that speaks to the soul.

Joel Shapses

Viviana Puello
Editor-in-Chief

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Written by Viviana Puello

Viviana is a Colombo-American Artist, Curator, Writer and Advocate for the arts. Founder of Vivid Arts Network, Create 4 Peace, Artists For A Green Planet, Author of the book “Just Be Inspired,” and an awardwinning director and producer. Viviana Puello founded ArtTour International Magazine in 2011. Since then, she has served as the CEO, Editor-in-Chief, and the face for ArtTour International Magazine.
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