Joseph Siddiqi’s recent paintings are meditations on feelings as expressed by abstract colour. Playing between absolute opposites with colour, shapes, transparent and opaque oil colour, Siddiqi creates vibrant atmospheres which border physiology, spirituality, mindfulness and cognition.
Joseph Siddiqi’s recent paintings are meditations on feelings as expressed by abstract colour. Working on stretched and primed Belgian linen, Siddiqi draws out vertical and horizontal lines – seen as a play of absolute opposites – moving things up or down, to the left or right, until a free flowing feeling is attained with the resultant geometric shapes. Siddiqi then slowly paints each area with layers of semi-transparent and semi-opaque oil colour, making many adjustments in tone, saturation and hue, to create bold contrasts and vibrant atmospheres, bordering physiology, spirituality, mindfulness and cognition.
Joseph Siddiqi was born in Montreal and holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University. Siddiqi teaches painting in the Department of Studio Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Concordia University in Montreal QC. He has been awarded grants for his work by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association. Joseph Siddiqi’s paintings have been exhibited by galleries across Canada and are included in public, private and corporate collections.