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Jesús Bautista Moroles

February 6 - April 14, 1996

Jesús Moroles sculpture is craftmanlike in the old sense; it is also quintessentially modern because each piece is a clear reflection of the processes used to make it, which may include carving, incising, grinding and polishing - all in granite, the very hardest of materials. One of Moroles' most characteristic procedures is to cut deep grooves in the recalcitrant block, so that a second form appears within it: a shape within a shape. This approach seems to contain a direct allusion to Michelangelos assertion that the form should not be imposed upon the stone, but should be discovered sleeping within it.

Moroles was born in Corpus Christi in 1950. He was raised in a Dallas barrio. He continues to live and work in Texas, with his studio in Rockport. He received his BFA at the University of North Texas in 1978. After spending a year in Pietrasanta, Italy in 1979, Moroles began making the body of work for which he is widely known. Critical recognition came quickly with many of his early exhibitions at Texas museums. In the years since, he has steadily built a national and international reputation.

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