Joseph Adolphe’s paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions both within the U.S. and abroad. Within his body of work, there is a rich diversity of subjects all of which speak to an underlying conviction that the world our senses perceive reflect deeper metaphysical connections to the world within us. His paintings share an underlying interest in the universal yet also reflect an intimate autobiographical context that seeks to come to terms with those forces that shape his life. As much as Joseph strives to capture the physical essence of a created thing he also tries to give form to the forces that shape the created thing. was born in Calgary, Canada. After receiving his MFA in New York City Joseph continued to live in the United States.
Adolphe is a Professor in the Department of Art and Design at St. John’s University in New York City where he teaches drawing and painting. Joseph is married and has 7 wonderful children.
“My work is really about two notions competing for attention. One is based on an idealism I have about the way I wish things were. The other is based on what I need to do in order to maintain that idealism. The paintings of messages floating in a sky over a landscape began really with a simple image I had in my mind. I didn’t know what these paintings were about in the beginning; I was just captivated by the image. As those paintings developed they became for me something so personal that I began to see them as gifts—messages–epiphanies that communicated an overwhelming sense of peace and encouragement. Contentment. They made me become more and more aware of the importance of dreaming, not in terms of escaping but in terms of living a fulfilling and rewarding life. They kindled in me a deepening desire to be a good father, husband, teacher, and friend.They made me think that wonderful things are not only possible, but also inevitable and within my reach. They still do although it has become evident to me that to maintain those optimistic feelings a no small measure of persistence is required. Much like trying to keep a balloon afloat by continuous puffs of air.”