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The Agony and the Esctasy

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Artist -Joel Shapses
Medium -Black Chlorite Sculpture
Dimensions -18''x8''x8''
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"Title - The Agony and the Esctasy

Artist -Joel Shapses

Medium -Black Chlorite Sculpture

Dimensions -18''x8''x8''

About the piece
This is an interesting story of inspiration. A colleague of mine had suggested that I try carving a stone called black chlorite. I had never heard about the stone before and it intrigued me. First of all the stone was green and my colleague said it would be black when I finished it.

I started out with a 90lb block and began to carve away. The shape of the stone suggested a new form that I had never done before. As I worked on the stone no black had appeared. It was still green. I thought when will it start turning black? It was not until I finished the rough shape of the new sculpture did a hint of a darker shade of green appear, still no black.

The final phase in the creation of this sculpture was the polishing phase. As I began to polish the stone with finer and finer grades of sand paper I noticed it was turning black. The finer I polished it the blacker it became. This process took much longer than I was accustomed too. The smoother the surface became the deeper the black became. Just when I thought I was finished polishing, small scratches would appear and I would have to polish more. This was the real agony. The ecstasy came when I finally finished the sculpture and saw the beauty in the stone.

This sculpture has won two awards

2013 Award of Merrit-6th Annual Show of Shows Exhibition, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples Fl
2014 1st Place sculpture, Art Council of SW Florida Biennial Spring juried Exhibition Show, at the von Liebig Art Center

About the artist
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 representation: 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
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Joel Shapses



Gallery representation: 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
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