"We have art in order not to die of the truth."
Josh, his wife Angelica, their miniature poodle Sunny, and their giant blue- and green-eyed white cat named Ghost live in a carnival-colored, glorious rummage shop of a rambling farmhouse in Bakersville, NC. They enjoy a life full of passion, sweetness, laughter, art, nature, music, and love. You can find Josh in his studio for about 10 hours each day, fervently and prolifically creating the art that fuels his passion and the enjoyment of many collectors across the country. You can find Angelica inside the house working on her own writing projects, handling the business end of Coté Fine Art, and cooking up fantastical culinary creations; or outside hiking, foraging, and trying to coax food and medicinal herbs to grow from the heavy, poorly drained, slug-ridden soil.
"I was raised by gypsies. True... in a sense. Born in 1971, I grew up going to art shows along the East Coast with my mother and traveling artist father during the 60's, 70's and 80's, back when art festivals just started to form around the country. Memories of sleeping in the old Land Rover he drove to shows, sleeping on the road...with two white german shepherds, and the whole family jammed in there like a bunch of muppets!
I am a self-taught artist and became interested in wire sculpture as it bridges both linear drawing and sculpture, the two and three dimensions. I create intricately woven wire sculptures using recycled aluminum, recycled copper or steel wire. With only needle-nosed pliers, innovative techniques developed by the artist are applied as the wire is painstakingly hand-manipulated, wrapped and woven to itself. Using negative space, combined with the linear nature of the wire, the finished work is much like a pen and ink drawing in sculptural form.
Similar to a gesture drawing, yet as a free standing sculpture, the manipulated wire captures the energy and life of the subject, there is movement and mystery. Wire sculpture is a bare and honest medium as nothing is hidden, all is revealed to the beholder. Usually the raw metal wire is left in its natural achromatic state, but sometimes the wire is oxidized with a variety of acids to achieve unusual patinas. Every sculpture is unique and inimitable, impossible to replicate. My work explores mixed media and wire as a flexible medium capable of expressing the unique space between realism and abstraction; where interpretation and our ability to create meaning is in flux."
-Josh Brooke Coté
"Hello! I'm Josh's wife, Angelica Coté. Josh and I married in 2022. I work on this website and help Josh handle the business aspects of Coté Fine Art. I am also a writer. I've had a rich variety of experiences, living and working across the US in the nonprofit and government sectors, as well as the restaurant industry. I hope you'll find I provide warm and professional customer service as I connect you with Josh! Please let me know how I can best help you meet your needs."
-Angelica Eden Coté
-Angelica Eden Coté