Despite Joe's twin challenges of autism and epilepsy, he has found an all-encompassing passion and is completely in tune with his painting. Taking his inspiration from Lowry, he is captivated by his own main theme of seascapes, creating distinctive pieces that are recognisably his, often monochromatic, containing a simple honesty.
As both Curator and Artist, I think it is important to create and show work that is authentic, whether that be how a photographer spends the time waiting for his own ‘perfect shot’ or how an artist applies his paint to the canvas; completely at one with their personal subject or theme.
Previously, I have been happy to be able to include some of Joe’s work in art festivals. However, I am delighted that I can now curate this full exhibition and be able to share his work with more people.
Ann Charlesworth, MA - Curator/Resident Artist, The Kiln House Gallery at Marsh Mill (Oct 2017).