After leaving Liverpool Art School with a degree in Graphic Design, Joseph continued his education at St Martins School of Art. He has since worked as a freelance illustrator creating artwork for a variety of clients, including the BBC, London Buses, The Times and The Guardian newspapers, and Varig airlines. Joseph now extends his own artistic practice by exhibiting his artwork internationally.
Inspiration for Joseph's recent work comes primarily from Nature and in particular butterflies, moths and the folklore and mythology surrounding these specific insects, to produce work with a narrative quality. He likes the school of thought that butterflies represent the soul, and also the parallels drawn between their life cycle and that of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. He tends to work in series and as well as interpreting butterfly myth and folklore, he draws inspiration from classical music, in particular the "Papillons" piece by R Schumann which attempts to capture their delicate fragility, movement and flight in music. Puccini's tragic opera "Madam Butterfly" is another big source of musical inspiration. Nocturnes by various classical composers also capture the spirit and characteristics of the moth perfectly. Joseph is also inspired by the Victorian obsession of collecting, preserving and presenting insects in boxes.
Joseph's butterflies are created from collaged paper and each butterfly is individually hand cut. Joseph really enjoys the process of collage, layering and texturing various elements from disparate sources and combining these to create a cohesive whole. He uses and recycles imagery taken from advertising as well as the rhythm and patterns of found imagery and wrapping papers which he then cuts up to create a newly ordered image. As well as their obvious natural beauty, he agrees with the Eastern belief of butterflies as bringers of joy and being the essence of happiness.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £200 - £660.