The silver work of Los Angeles based artist Joshua Murray has been described with many colorful adjectives (since he first started working in the medium in 2004) but “subtle” has never been one of them. Bold designs mixed in with a dash of social commentary, and a splash of humor, make his jewelry pieces stand out just as much as the high craftsmanship that goes into producing them.
A sculptor by trade, since age 17, Joshua's work encompasses modern design and a fierce throwback to traditional, subtractive carving techniques, as well as his own stylized variation of several sculpting methods. All of his jewelry pieces are hand carved and cast using the traditional lost wax casting process, making every piece truly unique. Stepping it up a level, Flintlock Silver is the next chapter of the story that will change everything!
The Exclusive Interview with Joshua Murray
Mr Skull N Roses: Thank you, Josh, for taking the time to speak with us! We have followed your work for quite some time now, and we have a big audience that would love to know the artist who states, "I have silver blood", on the Deviant Art website.
Mr Skull N Roses: Can you describe the process of turning an idea into a tangible and beautiful work of wearable art?
Joshua Murray: The process is really my favorite part of my work. I start with an idea for a piece and do some rough sketching, usually just enough to develop a mood and determine a rough size and shape of what I will be making. The real "formula" for my pieces is developed when I have a block of wax cut out, and I can see it right in front of me and hold it in my hands. Once I have the measurements that I need, I can almost let my brain go into auto pilot mode and really fine tune the design without thinking about the carving that my hands are doing. I tend to think very geometrically when I work.
Joshua Murray: I started drawing and sculpting very young. My mother has always been an extremely talented painter and always encouraged me to be creative. On the other hand, my dad was hauling ass around the country on a motorcycle, playing guitar in a Rock and Roll band. I guess it was inevitable that my work would be a product of their lifestyles on some level.
The last few years have been mostly big budget movies and making jewelry as well. I made some silver pieces for the movie, "The Devils Rejects" and pieces for the cast and crew of "Domino". Then, I went on to produce sculptures for films like "Hancock", "Land of the lost" and "Transformers 2". I also worked in the costume department on "G.I. Joe", sculpting some of the characters’ body armor, which was a really fun and intense project.
Mr Skull N Roses: What other interests or hobbies do you enjoy?
Mr Skull N Roses: Where can our readers purchase your jewelry?