Joe Gitterman has sculpted for 50+ years yet it wasn’t until he retired from Wall Street that he devoted his full time to his art. Since his first exhibition at a local Connecticut gallery in 2011, Joe Gitterman’s career has taken off. His work is included in private and corporate collections and he has received commissions from Robert Couturier, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Riverside Building in London, the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Arris building in Washington, D.C., and the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, among many others.
Joe Gitterman creates abstract sculptures inspired by movement such as ballet and modern dance. Gitterman states, “I thought about the movements of the dancers as a series of frames in an old celluloid film, and how just one of those frames could convey a fantastic sense of motion. I thought that capturing this ‘single frame of motion’ in a solid piece of sculpture would be a wonderful challenge. For me, movement is the breath of life: it releases the power, or subtlety, of any form in repose - the promise of action. My sculpture examines the relationship between fixed form and movement: each sculpture attempts to suggest the transformation that is possible."
Sculpting models in copper, wax, or acrylic, Gitterman chooses to cast in bronze or fabricate in stainless steel. The surface texture and color of each piece accentuate features such as sensual form or the suggestion of dynamic movement. Whether rendered in clean, crisp stainless steel, vibrant color, or the leathery patina of bronze, each abstraction and gesture references the fluidity of form and motion. Gitterman does not make editions thus each of his works is an original. Similar works in a variety of materials, colors, and finishes may be commissioned with custom bases.