Studio Visit: Jerry Torre

Jerry showing me the raw stone which he imports from Italy

Jerry showing me the raw stone which he imports from Italy

One of the highlights of my trip to New York was a visit with the Marble Faun of Grey Gardens, Jerry Torre, in his studio at The Art Students League of New York.

What a delightful and gentle man!

Jerry and Wheat

Jerry and Harvest

Jerry began pursuing his interest in stone-carving about six years ago. Now he spends nearly every day in the studio refining his craft and teaching other students what he has learned.

Dressed in an adorable sailor outfit and Albert Maysles’ eyeglasses, Jerry demonstrated his craft and spoke to me of his passion for stone.

Jerry is moving towards sculpting figures

Jerry is moving towards sculpting figures

This will become a horse’s head

Following the grain, there’s a horse’s head inside this piece of stone

Jerry at work on Tower:

Jerry working on Tower 02

Jerry working on Tower 01

Not only does Jerry find time to work on his stone carving (and teaching!), he is working on an auto-biography and is starring in the upcoming documentary film: The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens. In the film, Jerry talks about his childhood, his time at Grey Gardens, his world travels, his life as a New York City cab driver, and the adversity he has faced throughout life’s journey.

Jerry, I look forward to spending more time with you next time I am in town!

Visit Jerry’s Blog.

A clip from the upcoming film:

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