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.
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.
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.