Overview

Joseph Dupré is a UK based artist and doctor. Splitting his time equally between these two passions, he works primarily in clay, bronze and wax, producing playful, humorous sculptural figurative forms. With references to the wit of Picasso, and the mark making of Van Gogh, he strives to turn the clay into his canvas, working on the surface of the piece as much as the overall sculptural form.  

The best art combines close attention to the particulars of the material world with a certain playful lift-off in the direction of singularity. Even as a child-maker, Joseph Dupré possessed a choice ability to look askance, to see through and across at the world's imaginative possibilities, whether this meant fashioning a pair of tiny, seaworthy-looking sailing boats from bent cardboard or laying the rubber hose of a shower attachment across a cushion to suggest a beached fish. At the age of fourteen he won the Art Scholarship to Dulwich College for a remarkable series of closely observed portraits in line. Since then his drawing and print-making, sculpture and painting have gone from strength to strength, whether it be in the form of a playful and masterful take on an etching by Rembrandt, or one of a recent series of portrait busts made from wax in which he re-imagines the Roman emperor Augustus, he of the ever watchful eye as the portrait bust from Meroe has it in the British Museum, as someone more akin to a mere vulnerable man. His work – whether it be manifested in paintings, prints or sculptures - is versatile, ingenious, assured, and of itself. It is also developing in strength and quality at the speed of light. His is a name to watch.

Michael Glover, Art Critic, Independent

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