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Joe Mooney

2601 Naudain Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146, U.S.A.
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Phone: 215 546 2117

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Artist Statement

Joe Mooney’s welded steel and stainless steel sculptures utilize formal visual and compositional elements.  He reveals the dynamic nature of space while exploring the juxtaposition of organic shapes and architectural structures. The essential force driving his sculptures are the stories he creates, inspired by myths, ancient tales and biblical figures. The Phoenix Series explores the faltering, falling and rising again of a strong mythological creature.  These works represents the cycle of life, struggle against the dark and new life.

 The Gilgamesh Series is based on the character Enkido who is the true companion, the strong friend who stands beside someone in time of danger and who gives him good council. These works express significant aspects of Gilgamesh and Enkido’s adventures, ideas of loyalty and commitment.

The Moses Series relates to the wise man on his long journey to the unknown; leading and teaching, learning to govern, giving laws and making the covenant with the universe that will bind people together.

Mooney’s most recent body of work in a series of multimedia constructions using wood and steel.  They represent a renewed investigation into the exciting relationship between seemingly disparate elements that create a new and dynamic statement about celebrating and understanding  the joy of life. 

Selected Commissions / Corporate Collections

Villacero Fundacion, Monterrey, Mexico. Main Line Reform Temple, Wynnewood, PA. American University, Washington D.C.
  First Union Bank, Philadelphia, PA. 
Quiet Waters Sculpture Park, Annapolis, MD. 
LaSalle University Art Museum, Phila., PA. 
McKenzie Foundation, Greenwich, CN. 
Jeff Bank, Inc, Philadelphia, PA. 
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. 
University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
. Altamont Prep School, Birmingham, AL. 
Griffin Industries, Villa Hills, KY. 
Woodmere Museum of Art, Phila., PA. 
Ryder Inc, Miami, FL.
Burlington County Hospital, Mt. Holly, NJ. 
ELF Atochem, Philadelphia, PA. 
Villanova University, Villanova, PA. 
Eagleville Hospital, Eagleville, PA. 
Drug Emporium, Columbus, OH. 
Tioga Pipe Supply, Phila., PA
Blue Cross, Independence Place, Phila., PA
GMAC Mortgage, Elkins Park, PA. Connecticut National Trust, Stuart, Fl. Rhoneymeade Corporation, Centre County, PA. Widener University, Chester, PA.
Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority,Phila., PA. Wyeth Laboratories, Collegeville, PA. 
 University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL. 
Deloitte + Touche, Tyson's Corner, VA. 
elan Pharmaceutical, King of Prussia, PA. 
Long Beach Island Art Foundation, LB, NJ. 
Royersford High School, Royersford, PA. 
Penn State Berks, Reading, PA. 
Moore College of Art, Phila., PA.

Selected One Person Exhibitions

Kouros Gallery, New York, New York. Philip and Muriel Berman Museum, Collegeville, PA.

James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA.Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
The State Museum, Harrisburg, PA. 
JMS Gallery, LLC, Chestnut Hill, PA. 
Widener University, Chester, PA. 
Queens College, Charlotte, NC. 
Walker + Co, Reston, VA. 
American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. 
Galerie Nadeau, Philadelphia, PA. 
Partners Gallery Ltd, Bethesda, MD. 
Pavilion Galleries, Mount Holly, NJ. 
Greater Harrisburg Arts Council, Harrisburg, PA. 
Villanova University, Villanova, PA. 
Gross-McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 
Alfred University, Alfred, NY



MFA 1980 Alfred University, Alfred New York

BFA 1978 Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

BS 1974 Villanova University, Villanova, PA