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A Portfolio of Photographs and Paintings by Joseph Peter Sullivan


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Joseph Peter Sullivan has lived throughout the United States and continues to travel, though he is currently based in Minneapolis. The artist creates photographs and paintings that express an interest in abstraction through light, shadow, and texture.


An abstracted photo of a stairwellUntitled

 

I really enjoy Joseph’s photographs. These works play with the viewer’s expectations of what a photograph can be, and what information it can reveal or keep hidden. In Joseph’s Present Works and Self Portrait gallery, the photographs magnify tiny spaces and interactions – sometimes between various manmade materials, sometimes small moments captured in grass, feathers, or other organic forms. In some cases, the original subject matter of the photo is largely unrecognizable.


The front page of Joseph Peter Sullivan's art websiteJoseph's photography portfolio website

 

Joseph’s paintings of pop culture “monsters” – like Jabba the Hut and the abominable snowman – are an interesting take on a classical portraiture format. The vast, inhuman forms of Joseph’s subjects take up most of the picture plane and become almost landscapes by their own rights.


A painting of Jabba the HutUntitled


About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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