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b. 1929, United Kingdom

Peter Joseph Biography

Peter Joseph has, over the course of decades, dedicated his practice to seeking the potential in constraint. He rose to critical acclaim in the 1970s for his meditative, two-colour paintings, which set one rectangle within a frame of a darker shade. These early works are characterized by perfect symmetry, where every decision about colour and proportion can be seen to be redolent of time, mood or place. While comparable to the work of Mark Rothko and Barnet Newman, Joseph’s is an anomalous strain of Minimalism: his allegiance lies as much with Renaissance masters as with his contemporaries, he says. More recently his format has departed from his established 'architecture' to divide the canvas into two planes, horizontally or vertically, wherein loose brushwork, natural tones and patches of exposed canvas tap into new feeling. As Joseph says: ‘A painting must generate feeling otherwise it is dead’.

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Peter Joseph was born in London in 1929 and self-taught, he came to painting from beginnings in advertising. He lives and works in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK. He has had solo exhibitions at Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier, Briey-en-fôret, 1998; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1994, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1983, and has been included in major group exhibitions at Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, 2010; MuHKA, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, 2007; Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, 1997; Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany, 1991; Stadtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany, 1984, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1977. He won the John Player Painting Competition in 1968.

Text courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Peter Joseph Featured Artworks

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Light Pink with Cobalt Blue by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephLight Pink with Cobalt Blue, 1994Oil on canvas
153.7 x 165.7 x 3.8 cm
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Light Blue with Red by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephLight Blue with Red, 1989Oil on canvas
130.5 x 146 x 3.5 cm
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Light Green with Dark Green by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephLight Green with Dark Green, 1987Oil on canvas
146 x 160 cm
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Grey Olive with Bright Red by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephGrey Olive with Bright Red, 1998Acrylic on cotton duck
142 x 151 cm
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Dusty Blue with Dull Lilac by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephDusty Blue with Dull Lilac, 2011Acrylic on cotton duck
137 x 114 cm
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Bronze over Deep Blue by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephBronze over Deep Blue, 2005Acrylic on cotton duck
158.8 x 116.8 cm
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Red over Orange Ochre by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephRed over Orange Ochre, 2003Acrylic on cotton duck
162 x 127 cm
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Ochre with Dull Orange by Peter Joseph contemporary artwork
Peter JosephOchre with Dull Orange, 1997Acrylic on cotton duck
126.5 x 163.5 cm
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Peter Joseph Recent Exhibitions

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Peter Joseph Represented By

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery London, East Hampton, New York, Shanghai
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