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we are all engines of joy
JP Sculpture at University of Waterloo

I believe that we were made for joy. And that out of that joy comes our desire to create. And to be creative means to participate in bringing things together.

 We all in some way participate collectively in being creative. My job as an artist is perhaps more metaphysical in that I gather with my senses what I perceive as going on around me and then attempt to make it material through physical representation in a way that speaks to the imagination of those who encounter my work. With this art piece I hope that as people respond to it by touching it, seeing it, and feeling it move they will be reminded of the hope we share and that we can all be engines of joy going out into the world, living in expectation, as we emerge from this past season of social detachment, isolation, and division.


(Read the entire talk given at the Grebel Reunion, June 4, 2022)

Grebel Alumni come through

"James Paterson builds ambiguous machine-like looking objects from steel wire and mixed media. While studying Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, Jim was under the tutelage of Nancy Lou Patterson, creator of Grebel’s Chapel windows and the founder of the Department of Fine Arts at UWaterloo. Jim is also a Grebel alumnus. “We Are All Engines of Joy” unifies the University of Waterloo’s six different faculties, with musical symbols, Grebel’s iconic peaked roof, ploughshares, and agrarian windmills. The artist’s goal is to show sheer revelry, joy, and celebration of who we are at our best and the good things in life we share together."


This commission was made possible by generous donations from Grebel alumni.

Wire Sculpture commissioned for the Crossings Exhibition
Toronto, Ontario
March 2 - April 14, 2022
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"Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai"

(Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord)

Moving Wire Sculpture

57 x 50 x 16 in



"Like A Machine Full Of Wonders Are My Prayers"

Moving Wire Sculpture

43 x 21 x 8 in

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"It's A Beautiful Thing"

Moving Wire Sculpture

43 x 23 x 10 in

"Each Day Passes And I'm Closer To You"

Moving Wire Sculpture

46 x 32 x 10 in

beauty seekers. playful souls. start here: 



INTERESTED IN A PIEce? prices upon request. 

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"My Loves' Colours That Swirl Around Me"

31 x 21.5 x 4.5 in





"To Learn You Must Play, And To Play You Must Be Very Brave - I'm Not Afraid"

Moving Wire Sculpture

37 x 20 x 8.5 in

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30.5 x 20.5 x 4 in



James Paterson

         James' work has won numerous awards and received mainstream media           

         coverage. Large signature pieces have been commissioned for some of

         the  world's most renown children's hospitals and private collectors. His wire               sculptures have been found at top exhibitions in Canada, the United States,               Europe, and Asia. 

"I hope that people who see my art will come away with an infusion of joy and delight. That they will be reminded there are mysteries in life worth probing, inner journeys of discovery worth taking and deep resonant rhythms sounding around us that we must listen carefully for if we are to hear them and be awakened to the redemptive nature of God in creation."


"I want people who see my art to reclaim a simple sense of wonder."

                                                                                                     James Paterson

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