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Joseph Dupré

Joseph Dupré is an artist and medical doctor, living and working in the UK. He studied at the Royal Drawing School, and explores a wide range of media, both 2D and 3D. Within sculpture, he has been most recently working in ceramics and bronze. His work is playful and emotive.

His artwork has been shown nationally as well as internationally, also winning the 2021 Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award in the Royal British Artists Annual Exhibition.

Read A Maker’s Story: saints, sexism, rebels and relics in the subversive ceramics
of Pollyanna Johnson and Joseph Dupré on Inigo

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Joseph's Style

Joseph is inspired by works with a strong sense of line and mark making such as Van Gogh’s drawings. His sculptural influences are Picasso, Gaudier-Brzeska, Rodin, Degas and Calder. He says ‘A theme that I look for in sculpture is humour and playfulness, something that Picasso masters wonderfully.’

When working on his sculptures he uses a German clay called Sculpting Marl which is particularly strong and resistant to cracking and warping. He also uses porcelain, which has a beautiful milky white finish. Whatever type of clay he uses he exclusively handbuilds and models his work, and generally decorates all his work unfired, then glazes and fires only once achieving his desired vibrant finish.

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Winter Prints 2022

"Loosely based on the multiple nautical adventures in the book of Candide, this collection of prints also draws on the paintings of Alfred Wallis, as well as the ships passing by my studio window on a daily basis. I have sought to convey different moods of the sea, with broad brushstrokes and a vibrant colour palette." - Joseph Dupré, The Winter Prints

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