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    Venus 2*

     

    Venus2*

    Venus2*

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    Venus 2 was a commissioned piece. After viewing the painting “Rebirth of Venus”, the client decided they wanted a more surreal and whimsical approach with the same concept coming from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.  You can read more about the inspiration for “Rebirth of Venus[HERE]

    Their request was that the piece incorporate Venus being born out of the ocean, using a pastel color palette, and a prominent seashore theme. It was interesting to once again reinvent Venus being born out of the sea, and to incorporate a more realistic yet surreal figure. This opportunity to use the same subject in a different way really shows the diversity of how the same story can be told and convey different meaning with different imagery.

    Venus 2*
    Mixed Media on Board

    2013; 4ft x 3ft
    Venus 2* was SOLD in 2014

    artwork title with an (*) = sold original; contact us and ask about available prints of sold artwork. 804-516-0910 | info@kbjoseph.com

    Rebirth of Venus*

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    Rebirth of Venus was inspired by the famous painting “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli in 1486. It was a commissioned work for the Medici family of Florence. This painting is one that I was first introduced to after studying the Renaissance. Venus’ facial expression, her eyes, her mouth and her long locks of hair are something that has captivated viewers for centuries. The mythology behind the painting is the story of the goddess of beauty (Venus) being born out of the sea as a grown woman. Botticelli’s depiction of this story is fantastic and one of the most famous and iconic Italian Renaissance works of all time. Being that Renaissance actually means “Rebirth”, I had the strong desire to reinvent this masterpiece and capture the essence of the story with my own style. She is reborn into the modern world with countless layers and perspectives (inspired by orphism and cubism). This reflects the idea that her beauty can be interpreted in endless perspectives and interpretations. Multiple perspectives include her silhouette as well as her glance downward. The idea of beauty changes with different generations and with time. Capturing the movement and the feeling of ever-changing beauty was the goal of this piece.

    Rebirth was SOLD in 2009, and also received an Honorable Mention from Artworks Gallery in Richmond, VA.

    Giclee Prints of Rebirth of Venus available [HERE]

    artwork title with an (*) = sold original; contact us and ask about available prints of sold artwork. 804-516-0910 | info@kbjoseph.com

    The Tooth of Time*

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    This particular piece was requested from an awe-inspiring and close friend of mine.  Although we only see each other occasionally, when we get together it is as if no time has passed.  Being a natural outdoors woman, she has spent long periods of time in the gorgeous mountains of New Mexico.  She requested a painting (in my style) of an iconic landmark in that area, “ The Tooth of Time”.  Historically it was a landmark for those on the Santa Fe Trail which marked about 7 days until they arrived at their destination.

    One of my goals was to use a color palette that represents my friend’s upbeat and adventurous personality and the tribal Southwest.  Painted in an abstracted style, I was able to allude to the image of the landmark and capture the flow of the mountains and the sky.

    My intention was for the sky and the mountains to connect like a puzzle, overlapping and becoming intertwined, reflecting each other.  In this way, the separation between the sky and the mountains collide.  This painting is a collaboration of my friend’s memories and my interpretation of the experience of arriving at “The Tooth of Time”.

    Tooth of Time, New Mexico.
    Acrylic on Canvas, 20in by 16in
    2014
    Tooth of Time, New Mexico was Sold in 2014

    artwork title with an (*) = sold original; contact us and ask about available prints of sold artwork. 804-516-0910 | info@kbjoseph.com

    Phosphorescence*

    Phosphorescence*

    Phosphorescence*

    ‘Phosphorescence’was inspired by the phosphorous in the ocean. Depending on the evening and the amount of this elements presents in the water, there is shimmer of unique light among the waves.  It was created after ‘Photosynthesis,’ and mimics it’s unique sculptural qualities, but is more two dimensional.

    Phosphorescence was SOLD in 2010.
    This piece is included in the” Somewhere between a painting and a sculpture [2009-2012] “series

    artwork title with an (*) = sold original; contact us and ask about available prints of sold artwork. 804-516-0910 | info@kbjoseph.com

    Pose*

    Pose*

    Pose*

    Pose*
    2008
    3ft x 5ft each – (0.5in depth)
    Mixed Media on Canvas
    Sold in 2010

    Created in 2008, “Pose” was inspired by the expression of dance.  This piece was created after I came across a photo of my cousin, an extremely talented and professional dancer. I have always felt inspired and intrigued by dancers.  As a visual person, I find dance even more captivating than listening to music and the collaboration of both is a fantastic form of expression.

    I feel that dance directly relates to my style of artwork.  A dancer’s strength and elegance is something that I enjoy incorporating into my work. We both strive to capture or use motion in different ways while expressing emotion.  Although I am not a dancer, I feel a connection with how they communicate to their audience and how I communicate to mine.  We both use movement with different instruments: the body and the elements of art.  This piece was made to take that emotion expressed by the dancers’ pose and add visual energy exuding from each movement.  The colors emphasize that energy of this regal pose and the carvings through thick texture give the painting depth and dimension.

    Pose* was sold in 2009.

    artwork title with an (*) = sold original; ask about available prints of sold artwork. 804-516-9389 | info@kbjoseph.com

    Pose2*

     

     

    Pose2*

    Pose2*

     

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    Pose2*

    I have finished a commissioned painting based on Pose (Read more about Pose* HERE.) This piece was very fulfilling to create. I chose a different dancer/pose and incorporated some distinct textural materials. The client chose the original painting ‘Pose’ for me to work from but, also allowed me freedom to explore new elements within this piece.   It has turned out to be one of my favorites. I think the metallic paints give it a special quality just like it’s sister painting ‘Pose’.

    Photosynthesis*

    Photosynthesis*

    Photosynthesis*

    This piece was appropriately named after the cycle in which plants convert sunlight, minerals, and carbon dioxide into energy in order to grow and produce oxygen. It is a cycle that, like many scientific processes, is usually explained using textbook diagrams. In contrast to understanding a technical diagram, I felt the need to visually capture this event taking place through abstraction.  Photosynthesis will hopefully spark interest in science as well as the artistic and abstract feeling of energy through life processes, which we many times overlook in our world.

    With it’s unique sculptural qualities, it can stand up (as shown) but was created to be hung on the wall. Although the inspiration was from scientific life processes, the 1.5 ft by 4 ft scale and curvaceous figurative element hints at the female form and relates to the reproduction of life and “Mother Nature.”

    Photosynthesis was SOLD in 2009.
    This piece is included in the” Somewhere between a painting and a sculpture [2009-2012] “series

     

    Plunge*

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    Plunge*
    10in x 20in
    Acrylic on Canvas

    Inspired by Pelican’s that “Plunge” or dive at dramatic speeds into the ocean. Plunge* was SOLD in 2015.

    Orbitz*

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    Orbiz*

    Orbitz started with a project and ended with a breakthrough. While working to attain my education in art, an interesting project was assigned to me. I attribute this project to completely changing the way I create. The Project was to make 15 pieces of art. Each piece needed to be created out of different mediums. The purpose of the assignment was to simply explore. To create 15 pieces within a few weeks seemed attainable, however it was realistically a daunting task. Looking to finish quickly, I planned each piece and sped through 14 of them. At the start of the last piece, a realization happened: the work had no meaning. Frustrated and at a loss for an idea for the last piece, I began mixing different mediums together…without thinking. THE PROCESS OF MAKING, without any plans was my breakthrough. It allowed me to embrace emotion through abstraction. The 15th piece was Orbitz which influenced many other works and was the foundation that shaped my artistic style.

    Orbitz was sold in 2008 at an exhibit at The Lift Coffee Shop in Richmond, VA.
    This piece is includ
    ed in the Cubism/Futurism/Graffiti [2006-2008] series.

    Morning Tide

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    Morningtide

    8in by 10 in
    Acrylic on Canvas

    ‘Morningtide’ was painted during a trip to the beach. Specifically inspired by the early morning sunrise along the low tide in pawley’s island sc. The image shows a young woman looking off into the distance and stretching her arms behind he neck. The color scheme used was intentionally choose to evoke a.m. feeling, early rising while giving a sense of peace and energy to start the day.

    Mother & Child*

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    Mother and Child*
    2011; 10in x 20in
    Oil on CanvasDonated in 2011

    Mother and Child, was inspired by Gustav Klimt’s painting ‘Mother & Child.’ In contrast to Maternal and Cradle, Mother & Child gives a more surreal image of the two figures.  While still incorporating abstracted elements, this piece allowed me to experiment with surrealism and build off of Klimt’s inspiration. Mother & Child was painted on a 10in x 20in canvas with acrylics and donated to the Ronald McDonald Foundation in 2011.

    Prints Available [HERE]

     

    Metropolis*

    Metropolis*

    Metropolis*

     

    ‘Metropolis’ was painted in 2008 with the concept of capturing the architectural elements within the city. Through the process of exploring different downtown areas and city-scapes, I collected a series of images that I segmented and eventually developed into this image. The color palette for this piece reflects the pastel colors used in “Fly”, also painted in 2008. I chose these colors to represent the city’s bright collaboration of styles and constant movement. Along with alluding to the different styles of architecture from different eras, I found myself building my own abstracted puzzle of shapes and color. ‘Metropolis’ shows the modern concrete jungle while hinting at the influence of classical Roman and Greek architecture found in most cities.

    Metropolis
    1.5ft X2.5ft
    Oil on Canas
    2008
    Donated to the The Central Virginia Chapter of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in 2015.

    Love Stoned*

    Love Stoned*

    Love Stoned*

    The inspiration for this piece was a modern take on a painting by Frederic Leighton titled ‘The Fisherman and the Siren.’ ‘Love Stoned’ was created shortly after “Awakening June,’ which was also influenced by Leighton’s work. The couple’s stance of falling into each others arms, the continuous swirls of layers, and the dominant blue colors all represent the figures passion and love for each other.

    ‘Love Stoned’ 12x16in; Oil on Canvas; Sold in 2015.

     

     

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