"You came to me to learn the pleasure of life and the pleasure of art. I am chosen to teach you something much more wonderful, the meaning of sorrow and its beauty."Oscar Wilde -1896
Los Angeles based Egyptian American artist Joseph Paul Gerges scrutinizes themes that counterbalance the ramifications of adversity and grief with their resulting tenuous consequences. In his scrutiny of morality and our inexorable mortality, Gerges engages the universal language of our own humanness by creating an altarpiece to the simultaneous confrontation and seduction of these human experiences. Through works that range from intimate passages to large-scale paintings, the artist juxtaposes the visual vocabulary of realism with that of abstraction, blurring the lines of “literal space” to convey a sense of timelessness. These frozen moments become emotionally fluid as the isolated voiceless figures begin to awaken complex narratives of the true fatalities of these poignant moments.
Joseph graduated from Art Center College of Design with Honors and shortly after received his Masters Of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from California State University at Fullerton. He has had solo exhibitions across the United States and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
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