Joseph Adolphe

(Alberta 1969 -)


Was born in 1969 in Calgary Alberta, Canada. He lives and works in New Haven, CT where he is a Professor of
Fine Arts at St. John’s University.
He is an artist and academician. Adolphe moved to NY in 1992 to attend the School of Visual Arts, after attaining
his M.F.A in 1994, Adolphe went on to participate in over 40 exhibitions in the United States and Internationally.
Joseph Adolphe’s oil paintings echo anxiety and vulnerability in the modern day. Whether they are beaten down
fighters, agile and stoic 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.’
“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


Solo Exhibitions:
2 persons show - Simon Breitbard Fine Art - San
Francisco - CA
Joseph Adolphe: Overflow - M Fine Arts Galerie -
Boston - MA
Joseph Adolphe: More Stories - Gremillion Gallery -
Houston - TX
Joseph Adolphe Paintings - Gremillion Gallery -
Houston - TX
Messages - Memories & Dreams - Bertrand Delacroix
Gallery - New York - NY
Toro Bravo - Bertrand Delacroix Gallery – New York - NY
New Paintings - Kehler Liddell Gallery - New Haven - CT
Paintings from Italy - West Rock Gallery - New Haven -
Affinities - Kehler Liddell Gallery - New Haven - CT
Deconstruction & Resurrection - Kehler Liddell Gallery -
New Haven - CT
Figures - Galerie Françoise - Baltimore - MD
Joseph Adolphe: Urban Landscapes - Galerie Françoise
- Baltimore - MD
Joseph Adolphe: Urban Landscapes: Brooklyn & Rome -
Gallery 119 - Jackson - MS
New Paintings - The Object Image Gallery - Brooklyn -
Rome: Paintings from the Eternal City - The Late Show -
Brooklyn - NY
Joseph Adolphe: Drawings 1993–2002 - Pulmone
Pulsante - Rome - Italy
Urban Landscapes-Brooklyn - The Late Show - Kansas
City - MO
Joseph Adolphe: Drawings and Paintings - North 6th
Gallery - Brooklyn - NY
Joseph Adolphe: Paintings - Bogigian Gallery - Brooklyn
- NY
Group exhibitions:
Into the real - Galerie Artima – London
Summer Collective - M Fine Arts Galerie - Boston - MA
Inaugural Group Exhibition - M Fine Arts Galerie -
Boston - MA
Winter Salon - Jenn Singer Gallery - NYC
Summer Collective - Bertrand Delacroix Gallery - NYC
G’ddy Up! - Newzones Gallery - Calgary - AB

Work Selection

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Toro Bravo no.51

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