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Joe Park

"Joseph Park's imagery has a quaint, paint-by-number simplicity that at one time would have seemed odd for a guy who can handle paint like a master. Park doesn't blend color on his canvases, trying for a semblance of realism, but instead fills in areas with single tones, sometimes overlaid with shafts of light and shadow, so that his pictures look like animation stills. With references to famous pictures and Japanese movies, Park makes animals play human roles in images that are slick, unsettling and mildly ironic in their post-modern sensibility." - Sheila Farr, Art Critic Seattle Times"


Born in 1964, Ottawa, Canada
Lives in Seattle, Washington

1990 - California Institute of the Arts, MFA

1988 - Cornish College of the Arts, BA


2005 - The Neddy Artist Fellowship Award, Behnke Foundation, Seattle, WA

2004 - Artists Trust/WSAC Fellowship, Seattle, WA

2002 - Seattle Collects (purchase award), Office of Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA


2006 - Rena Bransten Gallery, San Fransisco, CA

2005 - Moon beam Caress, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Lumen Alley, Howard House, Seattle, WA

2004 - Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003 - New Works, Howard House, Seattle, WA

2001 - Pursuits, Howard House, Seattle, WA

2000 - Roberts Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999 - Howard House, Seattle, WA

1998 - Augen Gallery, Portland, OR

1997 - Figures, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA

1996 - Objecthood, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992 - To Chase Away Flies, Unitarian Church, Seattle, WA

1990 - Flabellation (a show of paintings), Cal Arts DB00, Valencia, CA


2006 - Made in Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Sell-Out, Howard House, Seattle, WA
A Decade of Excellence: Celebrating the Neddy Artist Fellowship, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Drawn Fictions, Marylhurst Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR
Seattle Perspectives: Selections from the City of Seattle 1% for Art Portable Works Collection, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
About the House, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Roundup at the Double H, Howard House, Seattle, WA

YSA!!!, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Alumni Exhibition, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Building Tradition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
New Paintings, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX

There: Sites of Korean Diaspora, Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea
The Game, Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Lava 2002, Noodleworks Invitational, Seattle, WA

Recasting the Past: Beneath the Hollywood Tinsel, California State University, Fullerton
New Angeles, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Paper Trail 2, Brett Mitchell Shaheen Inc, Cleveland, OH
COCA Credits, COCA, Seattle, WA

Air Hockey, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Y2Bash, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
It's the New Year Show, Meyerson & Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle, WA

San Francisco International Art Exposition, Meyerson & Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle,WA
They Shoot Painters, Don't They?, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Korean Artists Association of Washington Member and Student Exhibition, Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Encasements Out of Body Experience and Affordable Comforts, University Memorial Center, Boulder, CO
Group Show, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA
Introductions, 98, Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
Springs Eternal, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group Show, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR

The Next Appointments, Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA
Angelophanies, Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA
Dead, Soil Artist Collective, Seattle, WA
They Shoot Painters, Don't They?, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Korean Artists Association of Washington Member and Student Exhibition, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA
Group Show, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA

They Shoot Painters, Don't They?, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA


Graves, Jen. "Joseph Park at the Frye Art Museum and Howard House, Art in America, September 2005
Demetre, Jim. " Joseph Park: the High, the Low, and the Rococo", Artdish, March 2005
Engelson, Andrew. " Joseph Park, Visual Arts Picks, Seattle Weekly, March 9, 2005
Engelson, Andrew. "Best Painter Under 41", Seattle Weekly, August 3, 2005
Held, Robin. "Joseph Park: Moon Beam Caress", Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Hushka, Rock. "A Decade of Excellence: Celebrating the Neddy Artist Fellowship".
Tacoma Art Museum: Tacoma, WA. 2005.
Hackett, Regina. “Artist's Borrowings are Utterly Original,” Seattle PI, February 22, 2005.
Farr, Sheila. “Whimsy and Irony, Shadow and Light,” Seattle Times, March 18, 2005.
Lippens, Nate. “Realism Revised,” The Stranger, March 17, 2005.

Bullis, Douglas. “100 Artists of the West Coast”, Shiffer Publishing Company, p. 196 - 197
Wagonfeld, Judy. “Park's Bent for Cartoon Imagery Touches Universal Emotions”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 27, p. 20

Hackett, Regina. “Park deftly imbues trivial figures with import”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 5, p. 16
Kangas, Matthew. “Three artists explore dark side of the light”, Seattle Times, October
Hackett, Regina. Artspatron. February, 2001 p. 26

Isé, Claudine. “Joseph Park at Robert's and Tilton”, Art Issues, Nov., Dec., No.65, p.48

Fredericksen, Eric. "Oh Those Kids", The Stranger, Aug. 26, 1999, p. 33
Hackett, Regina. "Impressionism led Artistic Diversity", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 31, 1999 (scroll to no.5)
Hackett, Regina. "Park's piercing commentary lurks beneath Pop-art facade", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 20, 1999, p. 20
Hackett, Regina, “Art walk warms to the colors of summer.” Seattle Post- Intellligencer, August 5, 1999
Hackett, Regina, “Meyerson & Nowinski’s final ‘New Year Show’ is a winner.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 15, 1999.
Kangas, Matthew, “The irony of it all.” The Seattle Times, January, 1999.

Josslin, Victoria, “Linda Cannon moves gallery across Pioneer Square to Western Avenue.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 10, 1997.

Public and Private Collections
Sarah and Rich Barton, Seattle
John and Shari Behnke, Seattle
Kimberly Bodnar and Janna-Rae Bodnar Hwang, Thousand Oaks
Chris and Joannie Bruce, Seattle
Timothy and Leslie Fichtner, Seattle
Timothy Keck, Seattle
Layne and Jack Kleinart, Seattle
Ben and Aileen Krohn, Seattle
Larry and Janet Grossman, Los Angeles
David Lewis, Seattle
Michael Macri, Hong Kong
Herb and Lucy Pruzan, Seattle
Thomas Reardon, Seattle
Schwartz Family Collection, Los Angeles
Swedish Health Services - Swedish Hospital, Seattle
Mimi Sternberg and Billy Howard, Seattle
Bill and Ruth True, Seattle
Martha Wycoff, Seattle
Howard S. Wright III, Seattle
Merrill Wright, Seattle

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