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"It's all about the light and the high drama that can be created. The early subjects I have chosen to illustrate this dramatic light have been primarily baskets. The light beautifully illuminates the basket, then passes through it to create a never ending array of light-speckled shadows. Even as I expand my subject matter beyond baskets, the drama of the light is still my primary focus."

 

Joe graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Boston, and for close to 40 years he has been an award-winning graphic designer. "I will probably always be a designer, it's in my blood." But in 2008 he officially added fine art painter to his title. Joe describes his still life paintings as contemporary realism, and his medium is acrylics on canvas. His paintings are created in a tenebrist style. Both tenebroso (Italian) and its English equivalent, tenebrism, refer to a style of painting characterized by high contrast between light and shade. Frequently the main subjects of tenebrist paintings are illuminated by a single source of light, as if a spotlight shone upon them, leaving other areas in darkness. In order to achieve this dramatic lighting effect, Joe first paints the canvas dark, and then begins to paint the light areas of his subject, allowing the dark background to become the shadow areas. These dramatic paintings of baskets and other objects in the tenebrist style, have become his trademark.

SHOWS
2010
Baker Arts Center, Liberal, KS - 12th National Juried Art Exhibition

Orlando Museum of Art, First Thursday "Art From the Heart" Exhibition

Rosalind Club of Orlando, "Arts and Antiques"

Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA - SOUTHWORKS Juried Art Exhibition

Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA - National Juried Exhibition

Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA - 7th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic, CT - 99th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY - 28th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, TX - Annual Juried Art Competition, Juror's Award

Louisville Center for the Arts, Louisville, CO - 25th Annual National Fine Art Show

Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD - 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition

American Artists Professional League, New York, NY - 82nd Grand National Exhibition

Allied Artists of America, New York, NY - 97th Annual Art Exhibition Louisana Art & Artists' Guild, Baton Rouge, LA - 41st Annual River Road Show

2011

Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, NJ - 41th Annual Monmouth
Festival of the Arts

Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA - National Juried Exhibition

Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA - 8th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention

Texas Spirit Art Show, Graham, TX, National Juried Competition, Honorable Mention

Cape Cod Art Association, Cape Cod, MA, National Exhibition

Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, TX - Annual Juried Art Competition

Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, Blue Ridge, GA - National Juried Show

2012

Gallery West, Alexandria, VA - 15th National Juried Show

Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, TX - Invitational Exhibit

Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA - National Juried Exhibition

Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA - One Man Show

 

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