Joseph Kinnebrew began his career as a sculptor. In the mid-sixties he started welding first found objects and then large steel minimalist pieces that he has continued to do today. In the late sixties he served apprenticeships in an iron foundry and worked at the Kalamazoo Art Museum's foundry.
In the minimalist work he articulates an ongoing careful meditation on line and form, space and mass. Many of the tenants central to minimalism are manifest here - every planar or curved surface is in strict relation to the whole. However, Kinnebrew invests his sculpture with a dynamism that distinguishes his work among other minimalist sculptors. This dynamism is achieved first, by suggesting suspension or movement and second, by use of color. These characteristics can be seen in his earliest commissioned work as well as present day fabrications.
In addition to fabricated metal, Kinnebrew continues to create bronzes of such unique distinction they have been featured in national and international publications. Some are massive abstractions with curves and angles reminiscent of Henry Moore or Jean Arp. Others are precise compositions, often surreal, and finished with exquisite patinas.