A Different Perspective
For Michael Joseph the purpose of art is not to create a photo-realistic image of life. His work is a translation into artistic values like a simple line, shape or space to such an extent that it becomes stimulating in its own right. The resulting simplicity intrigues, leaving a deeper and more lasting impression.
In this way Michael is able to explore and experiment on any subject. He particularly enjoys the figure and working from life. It provides a framework for developing thoughts and skills rather like a musician practising scales and arpeggios. He will take a nude and dress it again, not in clothes but in his own artistic language. Rather than accurately copying the figure, his approach adds mystery and interest so that it will command attention.
“If a writer is able to use a range of grammar to present the reader with a perception then so too can an artist.”
Michael will jump from one medium to another responding to the previous piece of work, reforming and editing as he goes. For example, from a charcoal drawing he might find a sculptural element. The three dimensional piece might then suggest an idea in paint. As the method of working progresses, the image breaks further away from the representational and into abstraction. His work conveys emotions or actions. The titles are often verbs or adjectives rather than nouns. He says that if a writer is able to use a range of grammar to present the reader with a perception then so too can an artist. Michael is unrestricted in his use of medium. Works include charcoal, inks, paint, metal, carbon fibre, mirrors or shadows. Equally the tools he uses range from a simple brush to a computer controlled milling machine. There are no limits when working creatively and the outcome is diverse and eclectic.
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