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Joseph Arthur

Solo and Group Exhibitions

2019 Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019 Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park, London, UK
2019 Art Expo Malaysia, MECC, Malaysia
2019 Affordable Art Fair Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, Hampstead, UK
2019 Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
2019 London Art Fair, London, UK
2018 Context Miami, Miami, USA
2018 Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park, London, UK
2018 Art Expo, New York, USA
2018 Context NY, New York, USA
2018 Art Expo, Las Vegas, USA
2017 Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park, London, UK
2017 Affordable Art Fair New York, New York, USA
2017 Art Up, Parc Expo Rouen, Avenue des Canadiens, France
2017 LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA
2016 ST-ART Fair, Strasbourg, France
2016 Art.Fair, Cologne, Germany
2016 AAF Seoul, Seoul, Korea
2015 AAF Singapore, Singapore
2015 Daegu Art Fair, Daegu, Korea
2015 AAF Battersea, London, UK
2015 KIAF, Seoul, Korea
2015 AAF Seoul, Seoul, Korea
2015 Baltimore Antique Fair, Baltimore, USA
2015 SOAF, Seoul, Korea
2015 Art Busan, Busan, Korea
2015 Art Kyungju, Kyungju, Korea
2013 Joseph Arthur, Able Fine Art NY Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Joseph Arthur, Fingerprints Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2012 Group Exhibition of “New Drawings”, Able Fine Art NY Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Joseph Arthur, New York, NY
2011 Joseph Arthur’s Paintings from the Road, Galerie Gruppe 10, Bielefeld, Germany
2011 MOMAR at La Galerie Chappe, Paris, France
2011 Joseph Arthur, Varga Gallery, Woodstock, NY
2011 Joseph Arthur, We Gallery, Akron, OH
2011 MOMAR, The Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY
2011 The Venetian Hotel’s Blue Frog, Macau, China
2011 Joseph Arthur, the Bootleg Theatre Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Joseph Arthur, the Bootleg Theatre Gallery as part of Deck the Walls, LA, CA
2010 Joseph Arthur, We Gallery, Akron, OH
2010 Joseph Arthur, Ven & Vaida Gallery as part of RETROSPECTIVE, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Joseph Arthur, Gallerie Pangee as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Quebec
2010 Joseph Arthur Art Exhibition, Ven & Vaida Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2010 MOMAR at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT
2008 WIG, Gallerie Pangee, Montreal, Quebec
2008-2009  Museum of Modern Arthur, New York, NY
2007 Le Kop Shop Gallery as part of POP Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
2007 Ritchie’s Gallery as part of the A Suivre Exhibition Montreal, Quebec
2006 MOMAR, Vertigo Gallery, London, England

Aside from his extensive career in music, Joseph Arthur initially had a passion in paintings. Inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat’s paintings and Graffiti art, Arthur began creating some of his own abstract pieces. With his great zeal for the creative arts, Joseph has been able to coexist and harmonize his recording studio and studio/gallery in a “symbolic relationship-each feeling, informing, and balancing the other.” As heard in his music and now seen in his paintings, Arthur is on “his quest to explore and reveal the hidden tension between chaos and beauty, his paintings are. Like his music; evocative, emotive, and replete with the natural rhythms of life.” These artworks are dense with emotions and meaning; each line is heavy and necessary to embody Joseph Arthur’s thoughts:

“… By being deeply personal I attempt to find something universal
To uncover the truth of what we are beneath the flesh and form
To commune with spirit in organic swirls and drive at the electricity expanding us all…
When I paint I am the hand of nature giving man [permission to be a flower
I follow the flower into death until it breathes new life into me and then itself again
I paint to uncover
And cover what was never there at all…”

Famous musician, Peter Gabriel states, “When he was starting fifteen years ago, I was struck by the strength and visceral quality of Jo’s paintings. They seem to connect to Expressionism, Art Brut, Basquiat and the Graffiti movement. I remember encouraging him to take the painting seriously and it has been great to watch its evolution.”


Joseph Arthur is an acclaimed musician and artist; a true artist who creates from his heart and soul. As a musician, he was first discovered for his great talents by Peter Gabriel in the mid-nineties. Since then he has released ten studio albums, most recently “The Ballad of Boogie Christ” in 2013, and eleven EPs, with several of his tracks use in television and film. Joseph Arthur, the artist, has exhibited his artwork in North America, Europe, and Asia since his debut showing at Vertigo Gallery in London, England in 2006. Some of his past exhibits include, Joseph Arthur (2012) at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA, The Venetian Hotel’s Blue Frog (2011) in Macau, China and Joseph Arthur at We Gallery (2010) in his hometown, Akron, OH.  Recently, he has performed on several talk shows, including “Late Night with David Letterman,” even creating live paintings on stage during his performances.

He set up his personal art gallery The Museum of Modern Arthur in June 2007 as a brick and mortar location in Brooklyn's DUMBO District.  According to an article on Stereogum.com, Joseph and the MOMAR were evicted from the building. Joseph held a record release party for Temporary People before the closing of the gallery in September 2008. The MOMAR gallery soon morphed into an online gallery.


Though Joseph Arthur’s first passion is the visual arts, he is better known for his musical
talents after being discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-nineties. Since then, Arthur has
released seven full- length studio albums and eleven EPs, with music from his extensive and
critically acclaimed catalog being used in such popular television series as Dawson’s Creek,
The OC, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, HBO’s Hung and True Blood, as well as in the films Shrek 2,
The Bourne Identity, Hell’s Kitchen and the American Pie trilogy. Coming off of the heels of touring and releasing an album alongside Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison for the side project, Fistful of Mercy, Arthur released his long-awaited solo album, ‘The Graduation Ceremony’, on May 24, 2011. In 2012, Arthur released a double album, Redemption City, and collaborated with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament in the band, RNDM. He began using Pledge Music to fund the release of his new studio album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ in 2013,.

 

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