Artist: Joe Rosenthal
In Joe Rosenthal's art, the human figure is presented with impressive
weight. The solid rounded shapes of Consolation display a substantial inner
fortitude, what some critics have called "enduring universal
The artist does not portray the human form as fragile or teetering on the
edge of collapse. Instead, Rosenthal's heavy sculpture seems able to hold
its own ground against the chaos of conflicting forces.
About Joe Rosenthal
Rosenthal was born in 1921 in Romania. He came to Canada in 1927 and
served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1942-1945.
He studied at the
Ontario College of Art and continued his learning on extensive sketching trips
through the Northwest Territories, Mexico, Cuba, England, Holland, France,
Italy, Spain, Greece, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt.
His work has been recognized with awards from the Art Gallery of Ontario, the
Canada Council, and the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition. His awards also include
first prize in the National Open Sculpture Competition for the Dr. Sun Yat Sen
Since 1957, his work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows throughout
North America and Europe. His most recent award is The Rabin International Presentation
Sculpture, Los Angeles, 1996. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and
the Ontario Society of Arts.