Soon I Will Be President (City Background)
Joe Wardwell has been inspired by two seemingly opposed sources; the Sublime Landscapes of the Hudson River Valley School which are imbued with a sense of national pride and Punk Rock lyrics that reflect the voices of dissent. Text is meticulously layered over the landscape. The language is subtle, camouflaged with abstract paint strokes and then applied over thoughtful painterly sunsets or hillsides. Wardwell’s work is prescient at this time when our country is embarking on a new era of politics and concern about national identity. These paintings were a part of the McIninch Art Gallery exhibition, “Soon I will be President” in Nov/Dec 2016
Joe Wardwell lives and works in Jamaica Plain, MA, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA). He received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1996 from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University (Boston, MA)in 1999. He has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA) and has work in each collection. In 2012, Wardwell was a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. In addition to numerous group exhibitions, he has had solo exhibitions in New York, New Haven, Boston, and Seattle. His work is represented by LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA) and Fred Giampietro Gallery (New Haven).