Name: Joseph Peller
Bio: Born in Toronto in 1953, Joseph Peller's independent development has generally favored private affiliation with artists whose body of work shared common themes with his personal vision. Initially, he studied with A.K. Scott, a Canadian artist and pupil of the distinguished American painters Charles W. Hawthorne, and George Bellows. While still in high school he received a scholarship from the Banff School of Fine Arts to study drawing with Geo Glyde. During formal study at the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, he maintained a private liaison with Canadian painters Kenneth Forbes and Cleve Horne. His development continued in New York working with noted artists Thomas Fogarty, Jr., and Hilary Holmes at the Art Students League, and Ron Sherr at the National Academy of Design. During this time he received a Revson Foundation Grant from the Art Students League of New York, in 1985.
Peller enjoys experimenting with a wide range of pure and mixed techniques involving oil, pastel, various printmaking procedures, drawing and sculpture.
The artist has been exhibiting since 1994 in solo exhibitions in New York and Toronto, and has participated in group exhibitions in the United States and Canada and Europe. Peller's work has received recognition in national exhibitions and mention in several publications including American Artist Magazine. He is the recipient of some prestigious awards. He has taught at the New York Academy of Art and currently teaches Painting and Composition at the Art Students League of New York. In 2006 he had a Residency at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch as guest of American Artist Magazine and Christopher Forbes.
Joseph Peller is represented in public, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Currently, he lives in New York City where he works out of his Brooklyn Navy Yard studio on the East River waterfront.
Medium: Pastel, oil, bronze. Peller is not primarily a pastellist, but he is too important an artist to ignore.
Subjects: Figurative. Joseph Peller's paintings, works on paper, and sculpture explore the haunting notions of isolation and ambivalence inherent in his images of individuals caught in the unnoticed rituals of modern urban life.
"Had the concept (notion) of the "floating-world" (ukiyo-e) not yet taken place in art history, one could call Peller a painter of the floating life. He infuses in his interiors and exteriors a valiant (resolute) language." (Martin H. Schmidt)
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Gallery: Paintings (oil); Work on Paper (pastels, drawings); Sculpture.
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