Monday, June 2, 2008

Joseph Stoddard - Architectural Artist

Chemers Gallery is home to an incredible array of artworks from many remarkable and talented artists. One of our newest additions to this family is Joseph Stoddard, a watercolorist who pushes the boundaries of the medium, and ultimately challenges what we as viewers think a watercolor painting is.

LA River Footbridge Triptych
Joseph Stoddard

Joseph started painting in watercolor while he was at art school in Denver, Colorado. Afterwards, he held a variety of arts and graphics related jobs, including teaching graphic design at the Art Center. He soon felt a need to take his own painting off the back burner and devote more time to it. He began documenting the changes his hometown of Pasadena was going through in sketches and paintings. This led to involvement with a series of projects, including the Showcase House and The California Art Club Artists for Architecture Painting Project. It's easy to see Joseph's architectural influences from works such as the above LA River Footbridge Triptych. He has the wonderful ability to combine the straight lines of the bridges and buildings with the colorful fluidity of nature to create an image that is strikingly organic in appearance.

Downtown From Sunset Blvd.
Joseph Stoddard

Joseph works in such a unique way with his watercolors. He incorporates pen and ink, pencil sketches, and even photographs to create a look that is completely his own. Joseph also plays with different presentation ideas, often adhering his paintings on paper to canvas or board, or encasing them in plexiglass boxes. Downtown From Sunset Blvd. has been mounted onto board, with visible pen and pencil marks. You can see each layer of paint that's been applied and each step of Joseph's process. His unique treatment of certain watercolors like Downtown From Sunset Blvd. allow for hanging without glass. In this way, his paintings are like the architectural structures he turns his attentions to.

Joseph's mixed media watercolors are viewable on our website, and of course, on our walls. Come on in and take a look!

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