Joseph Gray, 2015 (New Hampshire)
“When I am carving an ancestor or spirit animal, I do not know what I am carving when I start. I can feel my ancestors guiding me. It is a spiritual experience for me and I lose myself in every sculpture.”
Aloft is one of several eagle benches by New Hampshire sculptor Joseph Gray on the Alnoba property. Gray lives and works close to our home in Kensington. Upon learning about Alnoba’s art collection, he reached out to us and asked if he could display his work.
Gray descends from local Abenaki and many of his works feature his tribe’s ancestors and reflect their beliefs. Overall, his work often shows his love for the natural world including animals and wildlife, as well as his passion and connection to Native American art and sculpture. It seems very fitting to include this local, native work as part of the Alnoba collection’s opening.
For over twenty-five years, Joseph Gray has been working with, and creating art out of stone. His specialties include large outdoor sculpture, abstract and realism, stone fountains, garden sculpture, interior artwork and hand-carved keystones. His passion for sculpture is evident in his attention-to-detail and deep-rooted belief that sculpture can evolve into a form that often unexpectedly “tells its own story” when completed.