Joseph Castle

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For over twenty years, Joseph Castle has been designing sculptures which have found their rightful homes in parks, foundations and private residences. His inspirations are the human form and organic shapes. His sculptures, which are cast in bronze, can be reduced or enlarged to meet the needs of his clients.

The Relationship Series is a study of the examination of pushing the contrast between dynamic energy and reflective contemplation, and the nature in which they are defined is the basis of my work. With minimal line, outside influences are removed and the forum for testing shape and the interconnectedness of inner spaces is explored. My sculptures are kept purposefully simple, stripped of detail; and they require exact attention to proportion. The sculptures are sensitive to the slightest alteration. This invites exploration from many angles moreover, mimicking the juxtaposition of individual serenity and collective activity.

In The Hero’s Journey, one must shed the past and declare a personal vision. The analogy of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly exemplifies this metamorphosis: die and be resurrected. Bones are the residue of death. I assemble them in new ways, reconfiguring their original purpose and creating a primordial archetypal narrative, to illustrate steps along the journey of the hero.

The Lark Ascending, inspired by the symphony The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, symbolizes the unification of the earth (the known) and heaven (aspirations). Different viewing angles provide a viewer for with new forms of contemplation. The lark, having the rare distinction of being able to sing both in flight and on the ground, is thought to be an emblem of glad tidings, a messenger from Heaven to Earth, inspired by the joys of being alive.


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Selected One Person Shows

  • 1999
  • Barnstone Studio, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1998
  • One Commerce Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1995
  • Medici Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Selected Group Shows

  • 2007
  • Stewart Gallery, Boise, Idaho
  • 2006
  • Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hailey, Idaho
  • 19th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Lawrence, Kansas (2006-7)
  • 2005
  • Tapestry Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 2004
  • Absolute Gallery, Pasadena, California. (Featured Artist)
  • William Travers Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • Tapestry Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 2003
  • Robert Nightingale Gallery, Taos, New Mexico. (Featured Artist)
  • 2002
  • Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
  • 4th Annual Sculpture Walk, Bemidji, Minnesota
  • New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, California
  • 2001
  • 14th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Lawrence, Kansas (2001-02)
  • 2000
  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
  • 1991
  • Sculpture at the Park, Manitou Springs, Colorado

Public Art

  • 2007
  • City of Bellingham, Washington - Big Rock Garden Park, Outdoor sculpture Exhibit
  • City Avenues Sculpture Exhibition, Wenatchee, Washington
  • 2006
  • 1st Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, North Charleston, South Carolina
  • City Avenues Sculpture Exhibition, Wenatchee, Washington
  • Saratoga Inn, Saratoga, New York
  • 2004
  • City of Bellingham, Washington - Big Rock Garden Park, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
  • 2003
  • Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Denver Cardiological Center, Denver, Colorado
  • 2002
  • City of Emeryville, California - Commissioned Art Finalist
  • 4th Annual Sculpture Exhibit, City of Bemidji, Minnesota
  • 1992
  • Commissioned sculpture by Cities Library, City of Redlands, California
  • 1991
  • Sculpture at the Park, Manitou Springs, Colorado
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