BIRD ARTIST STATEMENT
Bird, Liverpool born artist, now working out of his Studio in
London, England. His work reflects his belief that art is the
indestructible link between working creative humans & nature.
includes nature and its laws because we as humans do, and as humans
we must strive towards durable values and truth as we have done
in our evolution.'
work is a logical continuation of how he views nature and beauty.
His artistic influence is derived from a starting point at the
formal elements of Art Nouveau and the work of the members of
the Wiener Werkstätte, in that the composition of form suggests
movement and life. When
painting, he uses a mixture of techniques in one work, oil, tempera,
acrylic and watercolour to create his art. His colours are instinctive
to us all. When sculpting he uses rock formations as an inspiration;
he sites the volcanic rock from the Northern Ireland to the West
Coast of Scotland a major influence, in both cases, his references
juxtaposes vividly opposed yet complimentary colours, they are
natures way of speaking, they warn of poison, they camouflage
,they attract attention, we marvel at the great artisans choices
but what we are really seeing is the beauty in the paths of our
own evolution. I take time with both my sculptures and my paintings;
I want my sculptures to have been ‘eroded’ naturally
and my paintings to ‘grow’ in a slow, vegetative manner.
In this way time becomes a part of them, like slow grown wood
or evolution, they are stronger creative pieces.’
the other hand Joel Bird does not see nature’s conventional
beauty solely from the perspective of its curvaceous flow. What
is of equal importance to him is the psychological dimensions
that have derived from the harshness of evolution and culminated
in a conscious realization of the meaningless condition of humanity.
integration of an ‘Artists Language’, led Joel Bird
to another source for inspiration, that which he considers as,
‘original’ art such as Maori, Native American and
Art is eternal, the language of our ancestors expresses something
that lies deep within our souls, our truest links to nature, a
world lost, that we were once a part of, and one that we forget
at our peril.’
‘language’, comprises of the repetitive use of symbols
to represent the ‘eternal’ fears and aspirations of
human kind. When understood, these symbols take us to a sometimes
complicated metaphoric and poetic world.
art is representational aesthetics. I derive my forms from nature
and add the language of humankind. I visualize magnetic fields,
knots in wood or water erosion in rock, these lines of flux and
flow represent the interaction between what is internal and external
as a flow of form that composes a framework which allows stability
(reality) to exist. It is an attempt to reconcile our duality
as nature has, it also represents how our subconscious relationship
with both our recent and evolutionary memories determines how
we see the present moment.
heart of Joel Bird’s work lies perhaps in painting and sculpture
but as a keen photographer, a working carpenter and a life long
musician who has studied jazz for over twenty years, his art takes
on the inevitable influences of a wide skill set. From photographic
studies of allotments, chimney’s and marathon runners, to
sixteen track panoramic sound compositions. From the design and
production of fashion shoots, to the design and construction of
eco-buildings, being an artist is as much to do with the physical
act of working as it is about thinking.
involvement with art extends to all aspects of a piece. I consider
the skills of craft and its relationship to the ‘quality’
of art interesting. All humans must work; it is what drives our
spirits and all humans have within them a creative nature. Those
who choose to follow this nature will find they have a natural
talent for concept or for craft, but not always for both, I find
the marriage of these often pre-empts a quality and sincerity
which I see as true expression, as beauty. It is this art that
has the power to strive towards a message of change, towards harmony'