ALL THE YEARS
My interest in art began about the age of two when I apparently rubbed my head in one of my father's oil paintings, since when I have always loved the smell of turpentine and maintained an active interest in art.
I trained as an Industrial Designer, leaving college in 1971
to pursue a career in Architecture and
Design working for
Milton Keynes Development Corporation, Gillinson
Barnett and Partners,
Joshua Tetley Brewery, Portakabin, Applied Interior
Design Limited, Cross & Co
David Appleyard Design Consultant
The William Walker Partnership,
PGT & Co,
DSP Architects LLP, The Planning Design Partnership
Between leaving Tetleys and before self employment and children, I completed fourteen double sided pub signs in my own time, not just for pleasure of course!
Design Consultant operated out of the Raylor Centre in York from 1984 to 1999.
servicing Regional and National Brewers and Pub Companies.
Technology arrived in 1990 with the purchase of an
Macintosh having 21" and 12" monitors, a black and white LaserJet Printer and Microsoft Office and 3DMiniCAD software - all for the princely sum of £10,000 and supplied on floppy disks!
"The Beer Orders" and the ever increasing costs of technology brought about it's closure in 1999.
The Millennium brought new horizons establishing a web site to my late father Joe, which can be accessed via our home page.
My first solo exhibition in 2004 inspired me to paint regularly, since when I have had four solo exhibitions, undertaken commissions and exhibit three paintings every year at our village Annual Art Exhibition.
Redundancy in 2008 resulted in major changes to my working life,
eventually finding my way back into Architecture in 2013 before retiring in 2014, to make way for much younger guns!
For Studios I have used Dining Rooms, Living Rooms and Bedrooms all of which fulfilled their purpose at the time, but now have the luxury of using a third bedroom and two thirds of an integral garage.
"Enjoying a Break at Hampton Court" was sold to a friend and former work colleague leading to a commission for another which inspired me to undertake "Project 4".
"Project 4" was to use 4 figures in the same pose, but in different situations. After the second in the series, "Enjoying a Break from Tinkering", this was amended two people sat down and two stood.
Examples of these can be viewed in Gallery 4.
With the advent of Lockdown in 2020 I began doing pencil portraits of random people in an A6 Sketch Book which I have really enjoyed doing and has developed into some friends having very peronalised Birthday Cards!
Musicians say "Keep Music Live" this artist says "Keep Art Original"
unless of course it is Digital Art
All paintings for sale, are original and priced from £75.00 for an A4 size and rising proportionately to £300 for an A2, come unmounted, unframed and postage is not included. Any which have been sold, gifted or commissioned can be re-commissioned.
Enjoy the Galleries and we hope that you will visit Joe's website via our Homepage.