Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Mr Gitterman has an impressive list of private commissions and has the ability to fabricate his sculptures in many sizes. Please enjoy his fascinating story and our discussion below.
"I took my first art classes many years ago when my wife was working nights in the theater. I was working in the New York Stock Exchange at the time and my nights were free so I decided to put them to good use and nurture my interest in art. It became a hobby that I spent a lot of time on. I worked in plaster, wood and marble but really fell in love with metal. In 2011 I happen to participate in a gallery show and ended up selling a few pieces. It was a pleasant surprise to me that my pieces sold. I quickly mounted a website and became a full-time working artist."
"Like many people I owe my interest in arts to a teacher. My 6th grade teacher was fantastic and really encouraged me to express myself through art."
"It's a process in which I get a picture in my mind. I try to create what I am visualizing but sometimes I end up with something different than I originally envisioned. Sometimes that ends up being a really exciting surprise"
4) Who has influenced your style and creativity? Are there mentors or other artists that you respect and admire?
"To name just three I would say Brancusi, Hepworth and Moore. My mentors and other artists that I admire is a very long list of amazing talents and contemporaries that have helped me. Too many to mention. "
"For me the most exciting aspect of doing a commissioned piece or pieces is creating something that fits into and compliments the aesthetic of a specific location or design need. It is very different than creating something I love for myself. I recently installed a piece in a luxury residential building by architecture icon Robert A.M. Stern in Washington DC. It is the only sculpture in the building. "
"I'm working on some future exhibits and more information is available on my website - WWW.JOEGITTERMAN.COM
I am also on Linkedin, Pinterest , Facebook and some art exhibition sites."
7) What is your advice to the beginning artist of any age?
"Be passionate about what you do and always keep exploring."
Thank you again, Joe!