About the Sculptors
Thomas Jay Warren was born in Mississippi in 1958 and grew up in the Mississippi Delta. He studied sculpture as a Presidential Scholar at Mississippi College, graduating with Special Distinction in 1979. He went on to study figure sculpture with renowned sculptor Andrzej Pitynski at the Johnson Atelier in New Jersey, one of the world's largest sculpture foundries. Two years after starting his apprenticeship he was appointed head of the Modeling/Enlarging Department of this prestigious institute.
For ten years he taught an international group of sculptors and apprentices techniques for modeling and enlarging the portrait and the human figure. Today Jay Warren works exclusively by commission creating portraits, monuments and memorials both public and private. Among his commissions are:
The Medgar Evers Memorial in Jackson, Mississippi - a life-size bronze of the slain civil rights leader;
The over life-size bronze portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Martin Luther King Memorial Hall, City Hall, Newark, New Jersey;
The heroic scale centerpiece sculpture for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the largest state memorial in the country - dedicated by General H. Norman Swartzkopf before a gathering of 20,000;
The 8.5' maple crucifix with marble figure of Christ in St. Michael's Church, Mt. Airy, Maryland - a commission which was awarded after an international competition with 55 other sculptors;
The large marble relief panel depicting George Washington at the spot where he crossed the Delaware - the only rendering of Washington at this historic site;
A life-size bronze portrait of legendary Sioux spiritual leader Frank Fools Crow at Bear Butte State Park in South Dakota. For this work the sculptor was honored with the presentation of an American eagle feather by the Lakota Sioux tribe at the Pine Ridge sundance ceremony;
The monumental bust of Mayor Robert W. Speer in Denver, Colorado;
The 7' portrait figure of John C. Bogle, CEO of the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, at the Vanguard headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania;
The First Football Game Monument - an 8' bronze of a player in action - at Rutgers Stadium. This marks the site of the first football game ever played, between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869.
In 1992 Jay Warren was presented with the Young Sculptors Award by the National Sculpture Society - the nation's oldest and most prestigious gathering of figurative sculptors - in recognition of the outstanding quality of his work. He was inducted into the National Sculpture Society in 1997, joining the historical roster of America's finest figurative artists.
Sarah E. Maloney, Denver, sculpted The Memory Group under the auspices of Sculpture: Mountains & Plains, Ltd. A Kansas native, she earned BGS and MFA degrees at Wichita State University. She maintains a studio in Denver where she works and teaches.
The Memory Group serves as a backdrop for Jay Warren's bronze Mourning Soldier and suggests the memories evoked as the survivor gazes at the dog tags of fallen comrades. The Memory Group is cast in stainless steel and mounted above a reflecting pool.
According to Ms. Maloney, the importance of the project was underscored by the input and shared memories of veterans who visited the foundry while work was in progress and by the fact that her uncle survived the landing at Normandy, her cousin served with the Navy during the Korean War, and her husband served with the Marines in Viet Nam.
Denver sculptor J. Tom Carrillo, principal of Sculpture: Mountains and Plains, Ltd., is a native of Pueblo CO with over 25 years experience in the visual arts. He works extensively in low-maintenance materials including bronze and other metals, stone, and wood. In addition to his original work, he is a restoration expert for historic structures. He frequently works in collaboration-with clients, architects, and landscape designers in commissions; artists and craftsmen of the past in his restorations.
Carrillo's previous monuments include the statute "Esther" in front of Thornton (CO) city hall and a monument to Josephine Jones at Josephine Jones Memorial Park in Greeley CO. Additional original pieces or restorations are at Dennison Elementary School, Trevino Mortuary, Heritage Estates, and private residences in Colorado.
His projects frequently combine sculpture with natural objects such as trees and stone, in a landscaped setting. The Korean Veterans War Memorial is the first collaboration for Carrillo and and Thomas Jay Warren of North Carolina. The two worked with the support of a team of experts on the Korean project.
Carrillo believes that individuals' strengths and talents reinforce each other through collaboration. His roots are historical restoration, in essence, collaborating with sculptors and craftsmen of the past. His company is known for innovative and creative problem-solving in the collaborative process. He can be reached at Sculpture: Mountains and Plains, Ltd., 2714 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80206, 303.393.6476.