As well as a being a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
musician/producer and poet, Joseph Arthur is recognised as an accomplished
artist and has held many successful exhibitions in major cities around the world since
his first solo exhibition in London in 2006.
Several of Joseph's paintings are currently featured, along with the
works of seven other rock star artists, in the 'Rhythm' Exhibition at
the O.C. Great Park Gallery, Irvine, CA. The artworks are visually
vibrant and explore various themes, including the relationship between
movement and melody. This multimedia exhibition continues until November
13th 2016, so go along if
you're in the area. For those who are unable to attend in person this
video offers a "virtual visit" and gives some more detail on
the artists and the works on show << Rhythm Exhibition on YouTube >>
Here's a short extract from an article about the 'Rhythm' Exhibition in The Orange County Register with some references to Joseph's work:
Arthur’s paintings are portraits, but in the vein of Picasso. They’re colorful and electric, as rhythm is, Arthur said. They’re almost alien-like, with splatters of paint, looping lines and out-of-proportion features.
Arthur describes them as ideas bubbling up from the subconscious.
“I wouldn’t want to sort of tack on a meaning to them or limit them,” he said. “They’re meant to be read through your perception and your interpretation.
“I love art that encourages you to follow your creativity, even if you don’t know what you’re doing.” Rock ’n’ roll is a bit like that too, he said. “You always have to have some ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ in it.” Read the full feature and others, with some great photos, below: