Art is perhaps the best vehicle for giving voice to the unheard stories, realities, and hidden truths that surround us.
Abstraction lends a unique vocabulary for these messages"
At 30 years old, I've amassed a small group of passionate collectors and look forward to expanding my art family. In the spirit of a transparent and accessible art market, I sell directly to my collectors and have begun to explore capsule collections, commissions and more diverse ways of achieving my art-philanthropic goals.
All work produced at the studio is influenced by my deeply held philanthropic convictions, a natural marriage of purpose given my background as a philanthropy consultant. As a result of this confluence, 20-40% of the net proceeds form each piece I sell goes to support charitable works in my community and beyond. Generating change and awareness through art is at the core of my creative philosophy.
My work centers around the use of palimpsest abstraction as a method to sift through the often unspoken but manifold aspects of contemporary existence. My artistic ethos is founded on the idea that where words may fail, art may succeed. I focus on color theory and abstraction coupled with textures and layering to create complex visual narratives grounded in the exploration of personal and societal issues or stories.
About current collections
The Gold Series, is a five year project coming to close in 2017/2018. 50 pieces that use the color gold to explore feelings and concepts related to transformation through HIV diagnosis. It explores life, death, advocacy and history related to the virus to drive awareness to key issues in this space.
The charitable portion from the sale of original pieces and select prints will benefit a consortium of different HIV/AIDS awareness/service organizations or designated HIV/AIDS related programs with LGBTQIA agencies.
Arete is a ten piece collection focused on the exploration of narratives of traumas that I have not lived. Through over a year's worth of interviews with survivors of various traumas ranging from rape and domestic violence to the loss of a child or meth addiction I have used fire and accelerants as symbols of change through suffering for portraits of deep human suffering and altered psyches.
This collection benefits a variety of organizations relative to the narratives of each piece.
"Abuse" pictured to the right, benefits NYC-Based international human and sex trafficking organization Beauty for Freedom for whom I have the privilege of being an ambassador.
Beauty for Freedom uses innovative art therapy programs in countries like India and Cambodia with affiliated organizations helping provide services and counseling to women, girls, and boys affected by human and sex trafficking. It also creates fashion and beauty industry driven awareness and fundraising events for projects like our "Illuminate" book. Illuminate tells the stories of those whose lives we've touched through a combination of essays and striking photographs and we are currently raising our publication budget with launches slated for Kolkata, Mumbai, and New York.
Born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Connecticut, my art career began in trauma. I live with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, the rarest form of CP which is characterized by motor skill, balance and depth perception issues. In an effort to combat these demons, I began to paint. As I got older, I began to sell pieces here and there to people that connected with their understated intricacy. When diagnosed with HIV, I then realized painting was an ideal way to process the complex emotions and memories wrapped up in the experience. This is the genesis of The Gold Series. Now, three years into the project, I'm ready to move on to exploring other issues such as social justice, race relations, questions of heritage, adoption, expatriation and family to name a few.
Though a self taught artist; I believe my strong working knowledge of art history coupled with my unique perspectives as an artist with a motor disability render the philosophical and art historical underpinnings of my work to be a strong indicator of creative growth potential alongside a unique personal narrative.
I also run my consulting firm, Jonathan Joseph Consulting LLC and am an equity partner and in-house consultant at luxury womenswear atelier Kevin Johnn
More information about my firm can be found here.
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature | Hofstra University
Master's of Science in Fundraising Management | Columbia University.
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