What does it all mean?
'What does it all mean?'

Joseph Bacon

Sculpture

Larger Bronzes

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Exhibit History

  • 2008 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | Exhibit of New Bronzes
  • 2006 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | Photography Exhibit, The Road
  • 2006 | Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco | Introductions | Six Painters | Three Sculptors
  • 2005 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | One Man Show, New Bronzes and Photographs of Ephemeral Sculpture
  • 2003 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | One Man Show, Bronze & Terracotta Sculpture
  • 2002 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | One Man Show, Bronze & Terracotta Sculpture
  • 2000 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | One Man Show, Bronze Sculpture
  • 1999 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | One Man Show
  • 1996 | Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco | One Man Show
  • 1994 | Bradford Gallery, San Anselmo, CA | Show with Tom Wood and William Sheets
  • 1993 | Fairfax Library, Fairfax, CA | One Man Show
  • 1992 | School Street Plaza | Show with William Sheets
  • 1990 | Le Moulin, San Anselmo, CA | One Man Show
  • 1988 | Earth and Shelter, Fairfax, CA | One Man Show
  • 1986 | Ketchum, ID | One Man Show
  • 1986 | Fairfax Library, Fairfax, CA | One Man Show
  • 1986 | Fort Mason, San Francisco | Show with Tom Wood and William Sheets
  • 1985 | Fort Mason, San Francisco | Show with Tom Wood
  • 1983 | Ross Curtis Gallery, Sausalito, CA | One Man Show

Bio

I was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. In college, I studied science and philosophy. On the side I studied music.

Following military service, I enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts (now called the San Francisco Art Institute). There I studied sculpture. My principal teacher was Zygmund Sazevich, a wise and learned man. I studied metal sculpture from David Tolerton and bronze casting from Gurdon Woods.

Since then I spent many years doing painting and guitar playing. I exhibited paintings more or less annually and gave many guitar concerts here and in Italy. I also have two CD's of my playing.

In 1999, I stayed in London for five months. I spent much time in the British Museum studying ancient sculpture. I especially loved the 'archaic' Greek and Etruscan work, as well as much fine work from the near and middle east. Most often it was the small pieces that caught my attention — there I found the greatest freedom and vitality. So often spontaneity is lost in larger works, owing to the much greater time required to make these pieces. The same is often true of painting — an example would be the sketches of Corot or constable vs. their large 'finished' paintings.

So I was inspired to take up sculpture again, and have produced some hundreds of small pieces over the last few years. as well as larger bronze versions of some of my little pieces.

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