Today we’d like to introduce you to Joanne Freeman.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Boston but now live in New York. My first experience viewing contemporary art was at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. With my college age cousin, I frequently viewed exhibitions of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. These artists preceded and then reflected an era dominated by protest, rebellion and political upheaval. As a young teenager I was hooked and inspired. Against this backdrop of radical change all things seemed possible.
I am now a painter living and working in New York. I’ve lectured and exhibited my work both nationally and internationally. I’ve also worked as a graphic artist, educator and curator.
Please tell us about your art.
My paintings and works on paper are influenced by a multitude of artists and disciplines. I incorporate forms found in architecture, design, popular culture, art history and the unconscious. My reductive compositions and color mimic the low-tech graphics utilized in mid-century media, while also alluding to1960’s color field paintings.
I work with gouache on handmade paper and with oil paint on linen and canvas. I use curved lines and hard edges to define interlocking shapes. The absorbed saturated colors enhance the flat painting space and heighten the interplay of figure and ground. The pared down vocabulary accentuates the details found in the forms, the beauty of singular color and the power in simplicity.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Build communities with other artists. Making art is a solitary activity and the support that comes from sharing ideas, opportunities and experiences is crucial to growing and maintaining a practice.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York
In Boston at, Boston Art Inc.
In Dallas at, The Blueprint Gallery
In Paris, France and London at, Zeuxis
and on Ideelart
(c) Joanne Freeman