J. A. Fligel, Born in Scotland in 1966 to a family of artists. J. A. Fligel’s father, Leonard Fligel is an accomplished painter and retired art professor in the U.K. was born in Montreal and studied under Arthur Lismer (Group of Seven). His mother Anne Rowan is also a recognized artist and dedicated peace and human rights activist. J.A. Fligel has sculpted ever since he remembers, and it’s been natural for him to pursue this interest. In 1989, J.A. Fligel received a B.A. Honors Degree in Fine Art in the United Kingdom. After graduation, he worked in the art department of Upper Springlands, helping adults with special needs. From 1992, he exhibited, traveled and worked with interior designers all over the world. Some of his work found permanent homes in locations as different as Perth, Scotland, and The Awapuni Hotel in New Zealand. Subsequently, J.A. Fligel worked on many theatre and film productions in Australia and Canada. These included the Lion King, Nut Cracker, Phantom Of The Opera, Rag Time, Sunset Boulevard, Tommy, Famous Peoples Players and many more productions. His travel experiences influenced his work. J.A. Fligel’s career started with abstract sculpture, however, through his travels he was inspired by the human expression and gravitated toward figurative sculpture.
J.A. Fligel settled in Canada in 2001, where he works presently. He specializes in bronze sculpture. Recent sculpture commissions include full figure life size sculpture of people to a modern high relief sculpture for the University of Western Ontario on Professionalism. J. A. Fligel has created a wide variety of sculpture from Abstract to Stylized to Realistic work of people, animals and objects.
He was honored to have participated at the 2009 Florence Biennale, Italy 2009 and the Carrousel Du Louvre, Paris, France from 2013 to 2017 representing Canada. 2015, The Louvre Committee, awarded J. A. Fligel a Bronze Medal for the sculpture "The Diver".
J. A. Fligel, has exhibited in Australia, Europe, USA and Canada. Sculptures are in both private and public collections in New Zealand, India, Germany, Scotland and Canada. Including the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Canada. Currently on displayed at the Archives in the Mastercard Center, Toronto.
J.A. Fligel encourages people to recognize the essence of humanity and the power of the human spirit, aiming to express a wide variety of human feelings, to show the delicacy and beauty of life, as well as demonstrating the diversity and equality between people and different cultures. His goal is to show how much we have and how much more we all could have by working together for a joint goal of peace, love and caring. Through his sculpture he encourages people to see basic values and the magnificence and strength of humanity and nature.