Joseph Adolphe, born in Alberta, Canada 1968, is an artist and academician. Adolphe moved to New York in 1992 to attend the School of Visual Arts, after attaining his M.F.A in 1994, Adolphe went on to participate in over 40 exhibitions in the United States and Internationally.

Joseph Adolphe’s oil paintings echo anxiety and vulnerability in the modern day. Whether they are beaten down fighters, agile beasts or innocent children, his subjects appear burdened by conflict and the weight of the world. Nonetheless, they are strong, resilient characters, as their confidence and bravery give the paintings an undeniable optimism even when the subject is dark. Strength and individuality are measured by their ability to endure the hardships of their personal confrontations with the world. While the trajectory of Adolphe’s paintings follows this same course there is nevertheless an illogical optimism reflected in the confident and powerful force of his marks and colors, as if to say that, ‘in spite of the downfall of the proud, we still stand, bloody and marked, broken, but beautiful.’

“Over the past 3 years or so I’ve been trying to paint not just the created thing, but the forces that shaped the created thing.”

-Joseph Adolphe

The artist currently lives with his wife and children in New Haven, Connecticut where he is a Professor of Fine Arts at St. John’s University.

Education

  • 1994 M.F.A, School of Visual Arts New York, NY
  • 1991 B.F.A, Alberta College of Art and Design Canada

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 Messages, Memories & Dreams Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2012 Toro Bravo Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2011 New Paintings Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2010 Paintings From Italy West Rock Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2009 Affinities Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2008 Deconstruction & Resurrection Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2005 New Works: Figures Galerie Françoise, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2003 Joseph Adolphe: Urban Landscapes Galerie Françoise, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2003 Joseph Adolphe: Urban Landscapes: Brooklyn & Rome Gallery 119, Jackson, Mississippi
  • 2003 New Paintings The Object Image Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2002 Rome: Paintings From the Eternal City The Late Show, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2002 Joseph Adolphe: Drawings 1993–2002 Pulmone Pulsante, Rome, Italy
  • 2002 Urban Landscapes-Brooklyn The Late Show, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2002 Joseph Adolphe: Drawings and Paintings North 6th Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2001 Jooseph Adolphe: Paintings Bogigian Gallery, Brooklyn, New York