Joseph Ewest Artist Statement
I am delighted every day in simple things…an interesting pattern of power lines against a cloudy sky, a half-plowed field, a random arrangement of rocks, or strange shadows across my path. At the same time, I feel an intense contrast in the complexity of human interaction that coexists and generates friction, collision and also an odd sense of balance. It is the constant push and pull, the frenetic layering of every day that energizes, confuses, overwhelms and inspires me to paint. I often find inspiration from imagery in photos I am constantly taking. My work is about process as I move through places or experiences, expressing feelings that I often can’t identify or explain.
I grew up through a pretty tough childhood on the gulf coast in Alabama but have been in Minnesota for more than half of my life. Having a conservative, deep-south origin, intertwined with a Midwestern sensibility is key to my core as a person and artist. In my life and work, I have come to recognize a theme of coexistence, conflict, acceptance, and an appreciation for all that the world presents to us. I am fascinated and sometimes overwhelmed, by the multitude of layers in all places and things as elements of this coexistence.
After attending Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I majored in design but used up all of my electives in painting…my true passion. I had a new family to support and decided it best to follow the professional design path and a regular paycheck. I have learned more about the business side of design than I ever imagined.
Now, from a perspective of many life-enriching experiences, I have found a balance that affords me space to pursue my art. I always knew that I would return to painting and have a much deeper vocabulary to spill out onto the canvas. I am ever seeking, asking, and trying to reach something or portray feelings and ideas that I don’t fully understand. Painting regularly now in the studio provides me the opportunity toward unfiltered creative expression of my unique point of view.
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