Joseph Peller

About Joseph Peller

Joseph Peller's paintings, works on paper, and sculpture explore the haunting notions of isolation and ambivalence inherent in his images of individuals caught in the unnoticed rituals of modern urban life.

The artist prefers working from life using a small circle of friends, and occasionally himself, as objects of exploration. His sketchbook drawings and oil studies, done "in situ," seek the "essential incident" which he supplements with his visual memory to inform the development of his larger work. Peller enjoys experimenting with a wide range of pure and mixed techniques involving oil, pastel, various printmaking procedures, drawing and sculpture.

The artist has exhibited in solo exhibitions in New York and Toronto, and has participated in group exhibitions in the United States and Canada and Europe. Peller's work has received recognition in national exhibitions and mention in several publications including The New York Times, New York News Day, The Wall Street Journal, and American Artist Magazine. He is the recipient of the Alden Bryan Memorial, the Dr. David Soloway Memorial Award, the Len G. Everett Award, and the National Sculpture Society Award for Figurative Sculpture. He has taught at the New York Academy of Art and currently teaches Painting and Composition at the Art Students League of New York.

Born in Toronto in 1953, Peller's independent development has generally favored private affiliation with artists whose body of work shared common themes with his personal vision. Initially, he studied with A.K. Scott, a Canadian artist and pupil of the distinguished American painters Charles W. Hawthorne, and George Bellows. While still in high school he received a scholarship from the Banff School of Fine Arts to study drawing with Geo Glyde. During formal study at the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, he maintained a private liaison with Canadian painters Kenneth Forbes and Cleve Horne. His development continued in New York working with noted artists Thomas Fogarty, Jr., and Hilary Holmes at the Art Students League, and Ron Sherr at the National Academy of Design. During this time he received a Revson Foundation Grant from the Art Students League of New York, in 1985.

Joseph Peller is represented in public, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Currently, he lives in New York City where he works out of his Brooklyn Navy Yard studio on the East River waterfront.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Circadian Rhythms of the City, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
2014 A Variegated Light, the City, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2012 Urban Apparitions, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2010 Complimentary Themes: A Journey from Metropolis to Mountain Hamlet, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008 Surviving the Darkness, Urban Fragments, ACA Galleries, New York New York 2008
2008 In the Light, the City Transfigured , Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2005 Sunrise, Sunset – the City , Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2004 Metropolis, Myth and Destiny, ACA galleries, New York, NY
2003 Intermezzo, The Roberts Gallery, Toronto Canada
2002 The Essential Moment: A Survey of Paintings, Works on Paper, and Sculpture, Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield CT
2002 Songs Without Words, Rittenhouse Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
2001 Spirits of Place, The Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2001 Urban Interludes, The Cultural Exchange Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1999 Hidden Seams: Modern City Life Observed, Solo Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1998 Unnoticed Rituals, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Variations on Urban Themes, Art Gallery Conference Center, Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
1997 Urban Ether Joseph Peller Recent Work, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Women with Attitude, First Street Gallery New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 5th Guanlan International Print Biennial China 2015, Guanlan Art Museum, Guanlan, China
2015 Allied Artists of America, 100 years, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Ohio
2015 Span and Dialogue, 2014 American Contemporary Print Exhibition, Original Printmaking Base Guanlan, China
2012 Allied Artists 99th Annual Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2011 ACA Galleries Summer Group Exhibition, ACA Galleries, New York NY
2009 New York: Then and Now, ACA Galleries, New York NY
2009 Humanity: 100 years of Figurative Painting, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
2007 Into the Heart of the Southwest: 20 Painters Interpret the Forbes Trinchera Ranch , The Forbes Gallery, New York, NY
2006 "Why the Nude", Art Students League, New York, NY
2006 International Fine Art Exhibition, Frankfurt, Germany
2006 Splash: Artists' Reflection on Water, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
2005 Continuum, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
2004 Allied Arts of America 91st Annual Exhibition, New York, NY
2004 Love, The Art Students League of New York at Salander O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
2003 Small & Everlasting, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
2003 Cast Art 4, Curated Sculpture Exhitition, Dusseldorf, Germany
2002 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY
2001 The Discerning Eye, Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Allied Artists of America at The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1999 30/30 Thirty Works By Arts Students League Alumni, A Juried Exhibition, New York, NY, New York, NY
1997 Urban Landscape Five New York Painters, Curated Group Show Sponsored by the Marine Midland Bank & Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY
1996 Art and the Law 1996, Traveling Exhibition, Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing MI, University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa OK, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford OH
1996 The 25th Juried Show, Juror: Susan Krane, Curator High Museum of Art, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown PA
1995 National Works on Paper 125th Anniversary Exhibition, Curator: Catherine Valenza Director, Islip Art Museum, St. John's University, New York, NY
1994 National Academy of Design 169th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design Museum, National Juried Show, New York, NY

Selected Awards

2016 Awarded a four-week printmaking residency at the Guanlan printmaking base in Guanlan China as a guest of the People's Republic of China where the artist completed several new editions including a new color edition.
2013 Awarded a four-week printmaking residency at the Guanlan Printmaking Base in Guanlan, China as a guest of the People's Republic of China. . While there, the artist completed six etching editions. and visited Japan to view the works of Japanese printmakers Hokusai, Hasui, and Hiroshi.
2006 The Alden Bryan Memorial Award, 93rd Annual Exhibition Allied Artist of America, National Arts Club
2000 The Dr. David Soloway Memorial Award, New York
1994 The Len G. Everett Memorial Award, New York
1992 National Sculpture Society Award for Figurative Sculpture, New York
1985 Revson Foundation Grant, Art Students League, New York

Selected Publications

2016 The Hedgehog Review Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture, Spring 2016, Volume 18 Number One, Institute for advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
2015 5th Guanlan international Print Biennial Catalogue, Guanlan Art Museum, People's Republic of China
2014 "Joseph Peller at ACA Galleries", Mona Molarsky, Artnews Summer 2014, New York, New York
2013 Span and Dialogue American Contemporary Print Exhibition 2014, Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, with an introduction by Prof. Hugh J Merrill, Kansas City Art Institute
2010 "Classical Life Drawing Studio", Sterling Publishing Co., New York, London, 2010.
2008 "The Self in Contemporary Self-Portraits", Ephraim Rubinstein, American Artist Magazine, New York NY, October 2008.
2008 "Joseph Peller, Surviving the Darkness", Joshua Rose, The American Art Collector, Scottsdale AZ, September 2008.
2007 "Painters Interpret the Forbes Trinchera Ranch" , by M. Stephen Doherty, American Artist Magazine, New York, NY
2006 On the Cover, Kate F. Hays, American Psychologist, Washington, DC
2005 Talent Spotting at the Art Students League Anniversary Exhibitions, American Art Collector, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Art and Antiques, September 2004: “Gallery Watch”, Atlanta
2001 Printmaking in the Sun, Dan Weldon, Pauline Muir, Watson-Guptill, New York, NY
2001 A Moment in Time, Jennifer Cushman, Scottsdale Life July 2001, Scottsdale, AZ
1998 Joseph Peller: Paintings, Works on Paper, Sculpture,
"Joseph Peller: Romantic Myth, Realism, and Aestheticism" catalogue essay by Dr. Diana Mille New York, NY
1997 Four from America, Dr. Martin H. Schmidt, Thetis Vol. IV, Mannheim University, Mannheim, Germany
1996 Art and the Law 1996, West Publishing, Eagan, MN 1996
1995 The New York Times, "75 Statements About Women's Bodies in a Didactic Exhibition", April 2 1995, New York NY.

Selected Public and Corporate Collections

• Allentown Art Museum, PA • Andrew Peller Ltd., Canada • Bessemer Trust, San Francisco, CA
• Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C. • The Forbes Collection, New York, NY • Imperial oil Ltd., Canada
• R. D. Lerner Securities Inc., New York • Pomboy Brokers Ltd., New York • International Business Management, Beverly Hills, CA
• Roy Fund Equity Ltd., Toronto • Connoisseur Financial Inc., Toronto • Simms Capital Management Ltd., New York
• Deleet Merchandising Corporation, New Jersey • Phillip H. Carter, Architect, Toronto
• Private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Special Projects and Commissions

2014 The artist was invited to participate in the New York City's Public Arts Program, Leap, which encourages middle school students to express themselves on social issues in their communities through the creation and exhibition of art in New York City parks. The artist gave a lecture on his work at his solo exhibition at ACA Galleries and suggested various approaches to the students for their project.
2013 Awarded a four-week printmaking residency at the Guanlan Printmaking Base in Guanlan, China as a guest of the People's Republic of China. . While there, the artist completed six etching editions. and visited Japan to view the works of Japanese printmakers Hokusai, Hasui, and Hiroshi.
2006 Residency at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch as guest of American Artist Magazine and Christopher Forbes painting in the Southwest landscape creating a suite of paintings on the ever-changing moods of the Forbes Trinchera Ranch.
2002 Collaboration with Ms. Elizabeth Hainen, the Principal Harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra which inspired a series of paintings of Ms. Hainen in rehearsal with the orchestra at The Academy of Music including Brilliant Harp featured on Ms. Hainen's CD release of the same name.
1993 St. George Project - Variations on a Fantastic Theme Toronto Public Library. A series of site specific architectural sculpture design proposals for Philip Carter Architect using scale drawings and 3D working models.
1992 Sangue Latino - A collaboration in a series of paintings for the choreographer Fausto Matias depicting the performer in rehearsals. Mr. Matias' project was recognized by a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1993.

Teaching and Lectures

2001-present Art Students League of New York, Instructor, Painting and Composition, New York, NY
1998-2003 New York Academy of Art: Instructor, Painting Composition From Life, New York, NY
1994 Mount Holyoke College: Invited to give slide lecture on work to faculty and senior students and to review senior work as a guest critic