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Joseph Adolphe
New Haven, Connecticut

St. John's University, Department of Fine Arts Professor

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This painting of the Shaman is from a series I'm currently developing. The complete vision I have of who this man is and what he is doing is elusive. As with everything I paint I begin with an image the metaphor or meaning of which I don't understand at that point. It's the image first, then after spending time with the series and working through the process everything else slowly takes shape and falls into place. At one time I thought this was Isaiah the prophet, who at one point in his prophetical life walked the earth naked for 3 years. At another time I had an idea that he was Mars the ancient Roman god of war and agriculture. At another point he seemed to me to be a shaman of some sort either prophesying or conjuring up a storm for some unknown purpose. In the end he is probably all of these things meshed together as all of my interests and influences are in my mind.


born: 1968, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


School of Visual Arts, MFA, 1994
Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, BFA, 1991

selected awards/honors

Manifest Gallery., Finalist, INDA 6, International Drawing Annual 6, 2011
1st place winner, The Figure Now, Int'nl. Juried competition, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO, 2010
Studio Visit Magazine, volume eight & volume nine. Juried publication. 2009-10
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, 1998

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Kehler Liddell Gallery, Joseph Adolphe-New Paintings, New Haven, CT. 2011
West Rock Gallery, Joseph Adolphe-Paintings from Italy, New Haven, CT. 2010
Kehler Liddell Gallery, Joseph Adolphe, Affinities, New Haven, CT. 2009
Kehler Liddell Gallery, Joseph Adolphe & John Ferry: Deconstruction & Resurrection, New Haven, CT. 2008

selected group shows

Jonathan Frost Gallery, New Artists Showcase, Rockland, Maine, 2011
A-Space Gallery @ West Cove Studios, Large Works Show, West Haven, CT. 2010
Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, Figure Now, St. Louis, MO. 2010
Paper New England, Go Figure, Newspace Gallery, Manchester, CT. 2009



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