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J. Paul Fennell Portrait

J. Paul Fennell

Beverly, Massachusetts 1938

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Image courtesy of the artist

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"Specifically, my work references both nature and life's experiences . . . inspiration does not necessarily happen instantaneously, and can often be 'diffused' over time, softening the sharp edges of reality, and rendering the essence of the idea or theme more abstract." Artist statement

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J. Paul Fennell began turning wood as a hobby in the 1970s while working as an engineer on the Apollo space program in California. Largely self-taught, his work focuses on hollow-turned vessels that are often inspired by "the natural world, family, and architecture." His recent work explores surface texture, particularly his "pierced" pieces, in which he cuts out sections of wood to create forms that resemble intricate latticework. Fennell currently resides in Arizona, contributing often to woodturning publications and presenting regularly at local and national woodturning symposia.