Shapses’ Award winning sculptures are prominently displayed in private collections and public venues throughout North America. The more, avant-garde statements that are made in the mixture of neon, led lights, metal, fused glass and stone media to elicit an excitement that occurs when the artist takes a quantum leap toward ingenuity. Whether realistic or abstract, the viewer's tactile senses are aroused with almost a sense of urgency to explore each form in greater depth than just visually.
Born in New Jersey, he has spent most of his life on the Eastern coast of the U.S. Having an inherent artistic gift, he began sculpting in a primitive way at the age of five. Much of his schooling concentrated on the sciences. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from C.W. Post College in 1967. It was during his studies here that famed sculptor and professor, Alfred Van Loen, recognized his talent. After college Joel then completed four years at Temple University where he graduated with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1971.
Shapses traveled throughout the world at which time he acquired much knowledge about how and where various stones were quarried and how various civilizations had used them creatively throughout the centuries.
Soon after his travels, he relocated to South Florida, which has remained his residence since 1972. Joel Shapses practiced general and cosmetic dentistry in the Ft Lauderdale area from 1972 to 2006 creating a dual career, dentistry and sculpture. Early on in his sculpting career, he worked under the same roof as famed sculptor Enzo Gallo.
From a period of over the fifty years Joel has exhibited in many shows and has won over seventy awards and is in collections in North and South America. While in Ft. Lauderdale Shapses owned an Art Gallery (Gallery 421) and created his works in his studio in Ft Lauderdale for over thirty years. To date he has completed over six hundred works of art and received over seventy awards and prizes.
In July ‘07 he moved to Naples and has since the opened a new studio and Gallery located at the Fairways Trade Village 6240 Shirley St Suite 102 in Naples, FL.
Gallery on Fifth, Mercato, North Naples, FL
Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Saatchi Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca
Studio and Gallery
Fairways Trade Village
6240 Shirley St #102
Naples, Fl 34109
Artist: Joel Shapses