Joe Coffey works in oils, graphite, and mixed media. Born in Caledon East, Ontario, his early years were spent on the family farm. Widely acclaimed for his graphic skills, he has won awards for his art, and has been featured in multiple group exhibitions and solo shows. Joe has been working as a professional, exhibiting artist for the past 20 years, with galleries in San Francisco and Toronto. His works, including commissions, are in private collections across Canada, the USA, England, France and Switzerland . Joe presently lives and works in Victoria, B.C.
I was born in 1966 and grew up in Caledon, Ontario, at the time a rural enclave just outside of Toronto where four generations of my family had farmed. My earliest memories are of drawing and painting the people and animals around me. Indeed, that has continued up until the present time. I am a bit of a magpie as far as the influences that have shaped the direction of my work. As a child I attended our old Catholic church with its strange Neo-Gothic design and its statues, and I found it both captivating and haunting. I have also had a lifelong love of history and the countless stories of the men and women who helped shape it.
Current pop culture, news and the varied music that I listen to while painting in my studio-these are just a few things that fire my imagination and makes the process of working a highly engaging experience. However, it still comes down to being inspired by the subject and objects in my paintings. How or why someone makes me want to paint them is hard to put in words and perhaps need not have any explanation. I would say that in choosing my subjects, I strive to portray a sculptured expressiveness, yet I also like to fix my subjects in a tension which can either be static, dynamic or ideally both. I have a theatre background, in fact as a young man I believed I would become an actor, and so drama still informs my work. I have been an exhibiting artist for the past 20 years: my work hangs in commercial galleries in San Francisco and Toronto. My paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, France, Switzerland, Greece, and the United Kingdom. I now live and work from my studio in Victoria, BC Canada.
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