Born in Calgary, Joseph Adolphe moved to New York City in 1992 to attend the School of Visual Arts where he received his MFA in 1994. His paintings have been featured in over forty exhibitions since 1998, throughout the USA and abroad. He is a professor of Fine Arts at St. John’s University in New York.
Of his work, Adolphe states:
"Over the past 3 years or so I’ve been trying to paint not just the created thing, but the forces that shaped the created thing."
Joseph Adolphe’s oil paintings echo anxiety and vulnerability in the modern day. Whether they are beaten down fighters, agile beasts or innocent children, his subjects appear burdened by conflict and the weight of the world. Nonetheless, they are strong, resilient characters, as their confidence and bravery give the paintings an undeniable optimism even when the subject is dark. Strength and individuality are measured by their ability to endure the hardships of their personal confrontations with the world. While the trajectory of Adolphe’s paintings follows this same course there is nevertheless an illogical optimism reflected in the confident and powerful force of his marks and colors, as if to say that, ‘in spite of the downfall of the proud, we still stand, bloody and marked, broken, but beautiful’.
Joseph Adolphe’s paintings are held in many private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.