About Joe and the Gallery

 

 Joe Siegel has been an active artist in New York for many decades, expressing his creativity in multiple mediums:

Painting: encaustic, oil and acrylic
Sculpture: clay, wood, steel and stone
Photography: people, places and things

“A non-traditional artist exploring his imagination in numerous ways.”

Joe uses a technique of photo collage as the basis for some of his paintings, using a combination of oil, encaustic, pastel and, in some cases, Photoshop to create his final image.

Natural imagery regarding people, structures and locations is a preoccupation. His intention is to produce images, whether as paintings, photographs or sculptures, that refresh and possibly incite the imagination of the viewer.

Many decades of painting and sculpting have provided him with an informative and intuitive sense of each subject that inspires him to interpret the image either as an abstraction or as a more literal rendering. Environments, spare and devoid of humans, demand my attention as well.

“There is a quiet dignity and a sense of mystery that infiltrates iconic structures.”

More recently, Joe has become involved in the creative the use of a broad range of molten wax colors that enable him to enter into an artistic expression with varying characteristics that support decades of previous subjects painted or photographed. His encaustic images have become an ever evolving and refined art form.

The first introduction of encaustic painting (working with pigment, wax and heat) was by the Greeks and Romans in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. These early processes were applied to statues. However, from the Middle Ages up until the 18th century, encaustic was basically a lost art form except for the painting of icons embraced by the religious artisans of Constantinople and Russians who created artifacts. There was a revival of encaustic painting in the late19th and early 20th centuries and in the 20th century, Jasper Johns initiated an encaustic resurgence. Today, we artists use non-caustic natural materials to create effects similar to oil paints. Colors can be quickly layered on top of each other. Thin, transparent glazes and heavy impasto textures are easily created. Unlike acrylics, encaustic works can be reworked later with the addition of heat. No varnish or glass is necessary to protect the surface.

Painting in Encaustic

While visiting museums, Joe became inspired by the encaustic works of modern artists such as Diego Rivera, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and contemporaries Julian Schnabel and Mimmo Paladino. They all have found the flexibility of the method desirable.

Solo Shows

2010 AASS, NY, NY
2010 National Art Show (2 Years), NY, NY
2010 Bachelier Cardonski Gallery, Kent, CT
2009 Belski Museum, Closter, NJ
2009 Durst Corporate Lobby Gallery, NY, NY
2008 Rockefeller Gallery, Sleepy Hollow, NY
2006 Uma Gallery, 57th Street, New York, NY
2002 Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, NY
1998 Gallery BAI, Soho, New York, NY
1997 Fairleigh Dickenson Univ, Teaneck, NJ

Solo Shows Cont’d

1997 Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, NY
1996 L’Atelier Gallery, Piermont, NY
1995 Gallery BAI, Soho, NY

Group Shows

2009/2010 Rockefeller Gallery, Sleepy Hollow
2007/2008 Uma Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Blue Hill Corporate Cultural Center, NY
Exhibit includes 26 photographs of animals of the Serengeti
2006 New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
2004 Washington Art Association, Washington, CT
2002 Caelum Gallery, Chelsea, NY
1999 Gallery BAI, Soho, NY
1998 Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT
1996 BAI Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
1996 Gallery BAI, Soho, NY
1992 Lever House, New York, NY
1990 Town Square, Carrara, Italy

Education

The City College of New York, NY BAA
Maxeinhorn Studio, New York, NY
New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
American Art Institute, New York, NY
Laboratorio Di Sem Stone Yard, Peitrasanta, Italy
Morton Haber Sculpture Studio, New York, NY
Gerson Frank Studio, New York, NY

Memberships

American Fellows The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
National Arts Club, New York, NY
Steiglitz Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

About the Gallery

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