James Joe

“My work consists of a contemporary mode, with a figurative or representational theme. My technique is experimental with a strong emphasis on refined draftsmanship.”

Born in Shiprock, New Mexico in 1953 and educated at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, James Joe has found technique and the study of Art History to be driving forces in the creation of his art. Utilizing these influences, he seeks to bring together Reservation and non-Reservation cultures through his art. His work emits an energetic force that stems from the play between flowing lines of paint and the rigid structure of drawn images. By carefully juxtaposing traditional methods and experimentation, James creates images that burst the barriers of time.

The Common Ground, New York, NY 2008