Glow, oil on linen, 48x32

Joseph Patrick is an artist from Iowa City and a long time professor of art at the University of Iowa.

His watercolors and oil paintings draw their inspiration from the life and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico where he and his wife Genie spend their summers. In his oil paintings, Joe highlights hidden beauty in the tarps and boxes prevalent in outdoor Mexican markets. The domestic side of Mexico comes through in his watercolors, which feature patios and gardens full of plant life rendered in his exacting style. Joe describes his work "as being like stages for human action . . . past, present and future." He wants to convey an awareness of time, both passing and standing still. The Mexican streets, buildings and gardens become metaphors for the lives passing through them. Joe received his B.F.A. from the University of Georgia and his M.F.A. from the University of Colorado. He has taught at the University of Iowa since 1965 and served as head of the drawing program at the School of Art and Art History.

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