Joe Engel has always found creative ways to express himself. With a combination of salvaged materials, acrylic paint and ink, he assembles art works that straddle the line between raw and refined.
Experimentation and exploration have been Joe’s way of creating art. Taking this pursuit seriously, he found the art world embracing the work of Self-Taught artists, and knew he had found a window into the life and work he had been seeking.
His desire to expose himself to America’s vast visual differences led him to live in Middle Tennessee, the Pacific Northwest, and finally to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
The silos, spirit animals and views of home combine the rich iconography of our agrarian regions in fresh yet familiar ways.
Joe’s wife and son share his life in Virginia, providing a satisfaction felt in the quiet beauty many of Joe’s images project.
In Joe’s words: “Every time I paint, I am trying to capture a certain euphoria I feel when a piece has turned out well. My work comes to life when I explore the relationship between the existing world and an imaginary one”.
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