Peter Joseph’s work rewards those interested in painting; it is subtle, charming and it looks good. While certainly admirable qualities charm and subtlety alone don’t make paintings remarkable. It is the trickiness of Joseph’s pictures that makes them resonate. A lot is done within purposefully limited parameters. Ostensibly uncomplicated in nature Joseph’s compositions manage to be effortlessly evocative. They demonstrate a confidence that comes with a deep knowledge of the medium.
One of Painting’s great strengths is its frankness: pigment applied to support; paint on a surface. It is not reliant on technology and it requires neither specialist knowledge nor mastery of esoteric technique. (Although of course it does not preclude these things.) This simplicity and openness is the likely reason it has endured and will, undoubtedly, continue to endure. The scope for variety and invention is massive while the basic foundations of the medium remain secure. For me painting is about making and looking; process and the visual. It is a discipline which relies on these two factors and as long as they remain relevant so too will it.