Jay Hall Carpenter

Jay Hall Carpenter is perhaps best known as the first Sculptor-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral where he has worked as a free-lance sculptor for more than twenty years. 500 sculptures designed by Carpenter now adorn the building. These include gargoyles, angles, saints, boss stones, and other architectural details. Carpenter's award-winning works are also included among the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the State Department, and the U.S. Military at West Point.

The National Sculpture Society elected Carpenter a professional member before the age of thirty, and has awarded him three important prizes including the President's Prize in 1989. He has also served as Artist-in-Residence at Wesley Seminary and at the Catholic University of America. Carpenter's sculpture has been shown at the Chesterwood Museum in Stockbridge MA, and Carpenter's work can be found in galleries and collections from coast to coast.
Carpenter has continually balanced the execution of sculptural commissions with the creation of fine-art bronzes and figure drawings. The bronzes reflect Carpenter's appreciation and mastery of the human form. His very limited editions often draw from mythology and legend as a framework for exploring contemporary themes. Cast using the lost-wax process, each bronze is finished by the artist to ensure The highest quality.

Carpenter's drawings feature intimate figure and drapery studies on toned papers, some drawn in chiaroscuro, others in trois crayon and ink wash. Classically rendered, the works are presented in the dramatic tradition of 19th century drawing, observing its rhythmic relationship of forms, and its attention to anatomic exactness.

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