Joseph Hurley is a Massachusetts based artist that specializes in animation and illustration. In his free time growing up, Joe was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and at the age of 17 he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. During his senior year of high school, he earned two Golden Key awards at the Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, for his animated film about global warming. After graduating in 2009 from Longmeadow High School, Joseph attended Holyoke Community College for two years where he earned his Associates in Science in the Visual Arts curriculum. He was then accepted to Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and after four years graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the field of animation.
“I am an artist with a wide array of interests; these range from animation, illustration, concept design and editing. When creating short films it is important to me that I tell an engaging story that pulls the audience in. From my time at MassArt I have become interested in abstract animation, more specifically, by using stop-motion animation, like in my film ‘Campbell Chunky’. When experimenting with stop motion I play with different variables such as lighting, object size, and color. When it comes to developing a personal style, many influences have shaped my path. I often look back on early 1990’s Disney films for their masterful storytelling. Illustrators like Eric Carle have also influenced my art design and creation; an example is my animated film “Coin”.