Joe is a figurative mixed-media artist, with an obsession with strong colour and mark-making. When painting he likes to build up layers of paint with paint brushes, hair brushes and sharp lines. With his digital or mixed-media work, he often uses a candy colour palette to deliver a sugar coated message or question.
"I'm interested in contrasts and layers, trying to understand and reveal what's underneath feelings and surfaces. I like to experiment and play with expectations, of myself and the viewer. When making artwork I'll collect images, or movie scenes, or bits of music or lyrics that sing out to me. Over time, I'll blend things together and find some kind of harmony that feels right. Often after a piece is made, I'll come to understand more of what the artwork means. And usually the meaning will deepen and change direction, pulling me down a different path to explore ideas that react or continue what was done previously."
“I love to use colour and line, pushing them together so they vibrate. Often the colours I use give a vivid fantasy feel and challenge our expectations. I’m interested in the surface of things but also what’s going on underneath. Modern life and the power and allure of the media influence my artwork. The Skulls in my work are a focus on the living, they rarely represent death. They're more of an affirmation of life, and can represent our inner primal self. Plus I very much relate to the Buddhist way of explaining that without accepting Death, You can't fully appreciate life”