Working out of Portland, Oregon, Joseph Warren’s works include fish, horses, elk, birds, giraffes, and especially dogs. His salmon “Swimming Upstream” was featured as the introduction on Oregon Art Beat for a time. Wanting to expand to the human figure and explore horse poses led the artist to sculpt Cervantes’ imaginative “knight-errant” Don Quixote, and to form a classic Greek centaur drawing back his bow.
“I seek out our culture’s cast-off steel tools, parts and implements. While steel can be heated and bent, or cut apart with torch or saw, I strive to keep objects intact and readily identifiable so people can marvel at how a sculpture’s form is the sum of numerous individually identifiable parts. I even dream vivid images involving caches of rusty gear attaining new life in my work.”