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Joseph Quillan

Joseph Quillan
Capturing the spirit through art, education and conservation

Joseph Quillan's memories of his childhood, always focus around three things, nature, animals and art. Joseph was lucky enough as a child to grow up with a large pond behind his parents’ home and remembers shaping the mud and grasses to look like the animals of the pond. Turtles, frogs, ducks and even the fish in the pond became the subjects of his budding sculpture career. He would scoop pollywogs out of one pond into a smaller adjacent pond, coming back each day to check out how his new friends and captives had changed overnight. When he wasn't playing in the mud, Joseph drew the many creatures that visited the pond. He created a large goose out of wood in hopes of attracting some geese to the pond, but he learned that at times, even the hardest of effort did not bring the wished for outcome, as no geese ever came to his pond. ...More...

As a child, Joseph discovered that being an artist was easy for him. Even though everything in his young life revolved around creat­ing, drawing and nature, he never would have dreamed at the time of being a "real" artist. "In my Catholic grade school, I would draw all day long creating dozens of images of animals, dinosaurs and friends. When I went out to recess, the nuns would search my desk and throw all of the drawings away. But of course, when there was a local art competition between schools, they would make sure to enter me to represent St. Elisabeth. Teachers would even ask me to tutor other kids in the school. Art for me was a wonderful discovery. I made friends with the people I drew. Imagine the acceptance I felt when the star of the Basketball team accepted one of my drawings of him scoring a basket."

By the age of 16, Joseph would qualify as a "professional" artist, as his passion for animals led to his first commissions. He be­came obsessed with show dogs and learned everything he could about the breeds, reading every book, memorizing pedigrees, attending shows, and talking to handlers. At the time he didn't know that this was his first taste of "networking", but it worked and he was asked to paint several show dogs by the proud own­ers. He was amazed that people would actually pay him to paint their dogs. His biggest check at that time was $160.00 for a dog named "Blicks Mojo Shinback". At that same time, Joseph worked at the local veterinarian clinic and met several other people who wanted lasting memories of their loving pets. Joseph was encouraged by the many animal lovers and activists he met, including Betty White, Bob Barker, Susan Dey and Actors and Others for Animals president, Earl Holliman.

After High School at Notre Dame, Joseph attended Los Angeles Pierce College and studied pre veterinary courses, and of course, art. The class that changed his life was Advanced Casting, where he crafted and cast his first jewelry and sculpture designs. By the age of 20, Joseph attended the Gemological Institute of America for advanced jewelry design. He started designing custom jewelry, and ironically a series of turtles and frogs playing sports, selling them at many of California's juried art shows. His love of California's coast, especially the central coast, where whales, otters and sea lions could be seen as he sat on large rocks jutting above the surf, stimulated his creation of marine life designs. He joined the American Cetacean Society and learned all he could about whales and dolphins. He began to show his larger sculptures of Humpback Whales at art festivals and won his first award at the Catalina Festival of Art in 1982. He was presented his award at the famous Wrigley Casino, where his parents had met and danced together some SO years earlier. It was quite an emotional moment.

In 1983, he was invited to display his sculptures at Dolphin Galleries and Lahaina Galleries, while on a visit to Maui to sell his jewelry designs to local shops. Ironically, Lahaina Galleries had turned him down for exhibition just 6 months earlier. His first showing was with legendary painter George Sumner. 1983 was certainly a magical year for marine life arc in Hawaii. Joseph had just met Robert Wyland the previous year when Wyland introduced himself to Joseph and purchased a 14 kt gold Sperm Whale and baby from Joseph at the Catalina Festival of Arts. Wyland was at the time an unknown ariist with a head filled with dreams. Joseph and Wyland became friends and Robert invited Joseph to Hawaii to show his sculptures with him and George Sumner at Sea Life Park on the Island of Oahu. His fondest memories at that show are swimming, riding and kissing the two false killer whales at the park.

Joseph was the first artist to display fine art brom.es of marine life in Hawaii. He joined painters George Sumner and Robert Lyn Nelson in pioneering the wave of artists to come. 1heir efforts not only spawned the marine life art movement, but put Hawaii on the map as one of the world's foremost art centers. Joseph feels blessed that his friends, environmental artists Wyland, Robert Lyn Nelson and Christian Lassen have all acquired his creations.

Over the next several years, Joseph would establish his artwork through many prestigious awards, including the Mystic International Award for Excellence, several Best of Shows in juried outdoor festivals, the Beverly Hills Affair in the Gardens, Catalina Invitational and the Brent­wood Festival of Arts. Joseph was proud to win the Temecula Valley Art Association "People's Choice Award". His artwork can be seen in over 40 fine art galleries in the United States and internationally. Joseph's monumental works can be seen on each coast. "Leaping Tuna'' an 8 foot monument dedicated to the preservation of marine life fisheries is part of a California State Historical Place on the island of Catalina in California, while his life size Sea Turtle, "Companion" sits on display at the Registry Resort in Naples, Florida.

His latest adventures are the creation of the "Archie Carr Award" and the Endangered Species Series. The Archie Carr award is named after the man who was the father of sea turtle conservation. That award is given to the person who has given the most of their life to sea turtle conservation. Lately, Joseph has become involved with numerous environmental charities and created his "Conserve, Educate, Participate" pamphlets to be given to middle and high school children to help educate them on those subjects. His other passion is the battle against cancer, a disease that visited Joseph in 2005. He strongly supports ARTS (A Reason To Survive}, a San Diego non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope, healing and self-confidence to the lives of children and youth facing adversities, including cancer, by providing expressive opportunities through the visual, performing and literary arts.

Over the last three decades, Joseph has devoted his life to his sculpture. He maintains a studio in the wine country of Temecula, California, where he sculpts all of his originals. Having worked with many fine art foundries, he has acquired the hands on experience essential to the art of fine bronze metal casting. To this day, he personally performs many of the complex tasks involved in the creation of his sculptures and strives for the highest quality in his sculptures, in both design and craftsmanship.

In parting Joseph says "even with all of the success I have had, I still get the excitement, much as I did when I drew friends in grade school, whenever one of my creations, no matter how small, goes home with a new friend to be enjoyed and passed down."

On a more personal note, Joseph comes from a family of talented artists. His Father, John Quillan, who passed away in 1985, was a comedy writer for several radio and television shows of the l 950's. His scripts are permanently archived at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Joseph's mother, Anita Thompson Quillan, who passed away in 1991, was a dancer and was featured in many Hollywood movies of the 1930's, including "Gold Diggers of 1933". His Uncle Eddie Quillan starred in over 60 motion pictures and was discovered by Mack Sennett in the l 920's. Some of his credits include "'The Grapes of Wrath" and "Young Mr. Lincoln" with Henry Fonda, "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Clark Gable and he was the man who taught Gene Kelly how to dance the jig in "Brigadoon". All twelve of Joseph's aunts and uncles have appeared in movies in different roles. His Uncle Joe Quillan was a Broadway playwright who also wrote the 1950's television comedy, "Our Miss Brooks", as well as several movies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Joseph's sister Kate was a model, while his sister Barbara starred as one of the main characters in the original 1936 version of "Swiss Family Robinson" at the age of three....Less...

Joseph Quillan

Sculpture

Joseph Quillan
BEACH COMBER
NEW
Bronze
38 x 17 x 12h
$9,500
JQ00013
Joseph Quillan
FIRST STEP
NEW
Bronze
5.25 x 5
$295
JQ00015
Joseph Quillan
FOOTSTEPS FALLING SOFTLY
NEW
Bronze
12 x 4 x 4
$1,700
JQ00042
Joseph Quillan
JOFFREY
NEW
Bronze
18 x 12
$1,950 - $2,088
JQ00011
Joseph Quillan
LOVE ALOHA
NEW
Bronze
6.5 x 6 x 2.5
$480 - $480
JQ00068
Joseph Quillan
MOONLIGHT CAROUSEL
NEW
Bronze
10 X 5 1/2 X 18 1/2
$2,950 - $2,950
JQ00081
Joseph Quillan
ROOTS OF HEAVEN
NEW
Bronze
14 x 18.5 x 7
$2,500
JQ00100
Joseph Quillan
WAIT FOR THE MOON
NEW
Bronze
12 x13 x 7
$3,200 - $3,200
JQ00126
Joseph Quillan
ANGEL'S FLIGHT
Bronze
3.25 x 3.25
$155 - $155
JQ00005
Joseph Quillan
ART GECKO
Bronze
5.5 x 3.5 x 1
$295 - $295
JQ00009
Joseph Quillan
BABY BEACH
Bronze
13 x 16 x 3
$2,500
JQ00014
Joseph Quillan
BANANA SPLITS
Bronze
7.5 x 4
$295
JQ00010
Joseph Quillan
BITSY
Bronze
2.25 x 2.25 x .5
$155
JQ00017
Joseph Quillan
BOO!
Bronze
4.5 x 2.5 x 1.5
JQ00018
Joseph Quillan
CAMBRIA
Bronze
2.75 x 2.25 x 1.25
JQ00026
Joseph Quillan
CHANGING TIDES 2
Bronze
23 x 19 x 19
$6,000
JQ00030
Joseph Quillan
CHERUBS
Bronze
10 x 5.25 x 3.75
JQ00033
Joseph Quillan
CHILLIN
Bronze
5 x 3.5 x 2.25
$375
JQ00021
Joseph Quillan
CHYNA
Bronze
2.5 x 2.25 x 1.5
$155
JQ00035
Joseph Quillan
CLIFF HANGER
Bronze
18 x 6 x 4
$995
JQ00025
Joseph Quillan
CRICKET
Bronze
2 x 1.5
JQ00043
Joseph Quillan
CURIOSITY
Bronze
6 x 3.75 x 4.75
JQ00044
Joseph Quillan
DAISY
Bronze
3 x 4.5
$360
JQ00045
Joseph Quillan
DALLIANCE
Bronze
4.5 x 6
JQ00046
Joseph Quillan
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Bronze
7 x 9 x 6
JQ00047
Joseph Quillan
DIMPLES
Bronze
2.5 x 2 x 1.75
$325
JQ00048
Joseph Quillan
DUNE BABY
Bronze
4 x 4
$195
JQ00049
Joseph Quillan
FOLLOW YOUR HEART
Bronze
14.25 x 6.25 x 6
$1,400
JQ00051
Joseph Quillan
FORE! PLAY
Bronze
3.25 x 2.25 x 2
$325
JQ00052
Joseph Quillan
FOREST JUMP
Bronze
6.75 x 7.25
$495
JQ00020
Joseph Quillan
FROGLET
Bronze
6 x 2.5
$295
JQ00028
Joseph Quillan
GATHERING OF ANGELS
Bronze
23 x 46
$8,000
JQ00053
Joseph Quillan
GUMDROPS
Bronze
2 x 2
$155 - $155
JQ00054
Joseph Quillan
HATCHER
Bronze
1.5 x 3.25 x 3.75
JQ00057
Joseph Quillan
HER ISLAND EMBRACED
Bronze
23h x 26 x 23
JQ00058
Joseph Quillan
HEY GOOD LOOKIN'
Bronze
8.5 x 6 x 9.5
$795
JQ00059
Joseph Quillan
HIGH FIVE
Bronze
3 x 2.25 x 1.25h
JQ00060
Joseph Quillan
HONU SPIRITS
Bronze
8 x 6
$495
JQ00061
Joseph Quillan
HOT SHOT
Bronze
2 x 5 x 3
$250
JQ00007
Joseph Quillan
HUGS
Bronze
3.25 x 2.25
$335
JQ00034
Joseph Quillan
INTIMIDATOR
Bronze
24 x 21
JQ00062
Joseph Quillan
JUNGLE GYM
Bronze
16 x 5 x 5
$1,295
JQ00016
Joseph Quillan
JUST HANGING OUT
Bronze
12.5 x 5
$850
JQ00041
Joseph Quillan
KEIKI LANI
Bronze
10 x 7 x 6
$895
JQ00064
Joseph Quillan
LADIES MAN
Bronze
5 x 3
$550
JQ00004
Joseph Quillan
LANIKAI
Bronze
7 x 3 x 1.5
JQ00065
Joseph Quillan
LIL' SCOOTER
Bronze
7.25 x 5
JQ00066
Joseph Quillan
LITTLE LOOK OUT
Bronze
8 x 5
JQ00040
Joseph Quillan
LOLITA
Bronze
5.5 x 4
$295
JQ00039
Joseph Quillan
LOTUS BLOSSOM
Bronze
4 x 2.5
$295
JQ00038
Joseph Quillan
LOVE AUNTIE
Bronze
7 x 6 x 4.5
$480
JQ00069
Joseph Quillan
LOVE KEIKI
Bronze
3.25 x 3 x 1.75
$195
JQ00071
Joseph Quillan
LOVE LIL' LOVE
Bronze
3 x 1.5 x 2.5
JQ00073
Joseph Quillan
LOVE OHANA
Bronze
7 x 6.5 x 3.75
$480
JQ00075
Joseph Quillan
MAKIN' MISCHIEF
Bronze
28 x 17 x 23
JQ00078
Joseph Quillan
MATRIX
Bronze
4.5 x 3.75
JQ00001
Joseph Quillan
MAUI
Bronze
2.25 x 2 x 4
JQ00079
Joseph Quillan
MOJAVE
Bronze
2.25 x 2 x .75
JQ00080
Joseph Quillan
MYSTIC ENCOUNTER
Bronze
10 x 5
JQ00082
Joseph Quillan
MYSTICAL SPIRITS
Bronze
7.75 x 9 x 9
JQ00084
Joseph Quillan
OCEAN'S ANGELS
Bronze
4.5 x 5
JQ00086
SOLD
Joseph Quillan
ORCHID SPLENDOR
Bronze
$217
JQ26895
SOLD
Joseph Quillan
ORCHID SPLENDOR
Bronze
$217
JQ26896
Joseph Quillan
PEACEFUL POND
Bronze
21 x 13.5 x 10.5
$2,900
JQ00002
Joseph Quillan
PEANUT
Bronze
3 x 1¾ x 2
JQ00091
Joseph Quillan
PEBBLE BEACH
Bronze
18 x 7
JQ00092
Joseph Quillan
PEEK A BOO AND YOU
Bronze
18 x 13.5 x 3h
JQ00094
Joseph Quillan
PEEK-A-BOO
Bronze
11 x 6.5
JQ00037
Joseph Quillan
POE
Bronze
2 x 5.5 x 2.5
JQ00097
Joseph Quillan
RUFFIN TUMBLE
Bronze
5.5 x 6.5
$395
JQ00032
Joseph Quillan
SAFE HARBOR
Bronze
15 x 12 x 3.5
JQ00102
Joseph Quillan
SANCTUARY
Bronze
22.5 x 21 x 38
JQ00104
Joseph Quillan
SAPPHIRE
Bronze
5.5 x 7 x 4
$495
JQ00105
Joseph Quillan
SCAMPER
Bronze
3.5 x 3
$155 - $155
JQ00008
Joseph Quillan
SECRET WHISPERS
Bronze
21 x 14.5
$4,500
JQ00023
Joseph Quillan
SKITTLES
Bronze
4 x 4 x 1.25
$175 - $175
JQ00109
Joseph Quillan
SMITTEN
Bronze
9.5 x 5.5
$450
JQ00031
Joseph Quillan
SNUGGLE
Bronze
2 x 2½ x 1½
JQ00112
Joseph Quillan
SOCRA-CHEEZ
Bronze
2.5 x 3.5 x 4.5
$295
JQ00111
Joseph Quillan
SPRITE
Bronze
5 x 5.75
$295
JQ00019
Joseph Quillan
SQUIRT
Bronze
3 x 2
$175 - $175
JQ00114
Joseph Quillan
TEATIME
Bronze
10 x 12 x 5
JQ00115
Joseph Quillan
TEE'D OFF
Bronze
3.25 x 2.75 x 2
$325 - $325
JQ00116
Joseph Quillan
TEQUILA
Bronze
14 x 14 x 19
$1,950
JQ00117
Joseph Quillan
TIPSY
Bronze
5.5 x 4.25
$295
JQ00029
Joseph Quillan
TRIO
Bronze
31 x 27 x 26h
$9,950 - $9,950
JQ00120
Joseph Quillan
TRIPPER
Bronze
4 x 3
JQ00121
Joseph Quillan
TURTLE DISH
Bronze
14 x 10
$2,500
JQ00022
Joseph Quillan
TWINKLE
Bronze
2.75 x 1.75 x 1.5
JQ00123
Joseph Quillan
UNDERTAKER
Bronze
10 x 8.5 x 11
$3,600
JQ00124
Joseph Quillan
WALLFLOWER
Bronze
5.75 x 4.5 x 2
$375 - $375
JQ00027