Joshua was born in Iowa City, IA in 1970. He has studied formally at the Kansas City Art Institute, St. Ambrose University, School of Representational Art, Evanston Art Center, Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, University of Oklahoma, and Scottsdale Artist’s School. Starting in 1989, he worked as a commercial sculptor in the toy, invention & design, special effects, and product development industries. He founded the design & development firm Paradigm Development Group in 1998 and serves as its president for 10 years. Josh has taught sculpture privately and for Gallery 37/After School Matters.
He attributes his experience with newly developing technologies regarding how 3 dimensional forms are conceived, designed and built, as a principal factor in the sculptural realization of his visions of complex organic tangles. This has been a defining artistic achievement for him. In addition, he does large-scale figurative narrative pieces. He makes use of metaphor & allegory with contemporary themes to make sculptural statements reminiscent of editorial/political cartoon monologue. He also does portrait & figure sculpture, forensic art and is a musician. Josh is a loving husband and father currently living in Chicago.
“My tangles are entities of my fundamental creative inclinations, its primal energy and the forces that bind and focus it into instinct, emotion, vision, and reality. I consider them to be the most unique, original, and genuine work I have ever done. They exhibit a Rorschach quality that invites the viewer deeply into their existence by requiring them to connect with the sculptures on a subconscious level. They are intended to speak to the intellect in a language that words cannot.
Until recently, there was a finite limitation on what could be accomplished sculpturally. My visions were locked in 2 dimensions at best. Tools, processes, and materials which I now have access to; CAD software, CNC technology, advances in material engineering, have liberated me as an artist to create things which have never before been able to be realized. I believe this boon of technology to be a revolutionary time for sculpture and one which will be boldly marked in history."