Joseph Kinnebrew, born in Tacoma, in 1942, is today an internationally recognized sculptor and painter. For the past eleven years he has lived and worked in Sun Valley, Idaho but recently has begun development of a second studio and residence north of Seattle, Washington.
Monumental commission works that received national and international attention distinguished Kinnebrew’s early career as a sculptor. The most highly visible of these projects was the Grand River Sculpture and Fish Ladder in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This project challenged then current perceptions of sculpture in the environment and the role of aesthetics in our everyday lives. For two years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded Kinnebrew the largest grant to an individual artist for his work on the fish ladder project. Other large-scale projects include the exterior, interior and landscape design of Howard Miller Clock Company Corporate Headquarters, and a six-story, permanent installation in the Detroit Receiving Hospital of an aerial sculpture made from spun aluminum spheres and connected by cable. More recently, Kinnebrew has received sculpture commissions from Utah State University, Grand Valley University and Amway Corporation. Kinnebrew’s public sculpture is marked by a supreme sensitivity to both its site and its public.
One of the most important components of Kinnebrew’s work is fabricated metal sculpture. This work is representative of Kinnebrew’s belief that the beauty of complexity may be expressed in the simplicity of minimalist form. Imposing size, strong color and striking sculptural form are those elements that work to achieve successful and inspiring dynamics of art in landscape.
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