Featured Artist of the Month: Joseph Eggleston

@phillyartjawn is pleased to introduce our featured artist of the month, @joseph.eggleston.art!

Check out the interview below to learn more about our artist of the month:

Q: Which artists are you inspired by, creatively?

A: Even though I am a figurative painter, I am inspired by quite a few abstract / non-objective painters. Joan Mitchell, Joan Snyder, and Clyfford Still are some of my top influences. Some contemporary painters that inspire me regularly are: Andy Dixon, Andrew Salgado, Salman Toor, Jenny Saville, and Kai Samuels-Davis. I also have a book of Basquiat’s work that I flip through pretty regularly.


Q: I've noticed that you create a lot of portraits. How do you choose the individuals that you want to paint?

A: Honestly, it really is just whatever inspires me in the moment. Whatever sparks an idea. Most of the figures I paint are based off of images that I see on the internet that I then manipulate into something new. Or they’re a composite of many images morphed into one. It really is about the pose for me or the weird angles that the face/head can create.


Q: Have you been making artwork during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: Yes, I am still creating work at home during the pandemic. At times I have found it difficult to remain focused but I try not to put too much pressure on myself to create continuously; sometimes it’s good to take a day off. I also tend to work on many projects at once which helps when I find myself stuck on a piece.


Q: How do you see the relationship between your artistic practice and your work in relation to the era of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the current political climate?"

A: I’ve noticed that, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been sketching and creating more works that contain two or more figures in the composition. Prior to 2020 I tended to create works with an isolated figure or just a portrait of one subject. The desire for human contact with people you are unable to see due to health concerns has cast a different light on what it feels like to be alone. These new perspectives will naturally influence an artist’s work, I believe, and for me it has.

My identity as a queer person influences almost all of the subject matter of my work. The current political climate and the BLM movement has made me want to make the subject matter of my work even more queer. I want my work to give visibility to imagery that is not always seen in the narratives found in the history of painting. I like to highlight and play with queer identities and stereotypes, give them a story.

Thank you for sharing with us, @joseph.eggleston.art!


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