David Joseph
David Joseph is a Chicago based painter and pastel artist.

A balance between form, color and movement are the the main concerns of all of my work. An abstract painting has to follow all the same rules as realism to be successful. My newest works are also about the simplification of color and form.


While composing these paintings, my goal was to blend the realism of form and the abstraction of space and to evoke thoughts of things both familiar and alien.

I studied chemistry and art at the University of Pittsburgh and studio arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. My freshman art teacher in high school is responsible for sparking my preliminary interest in art. She was explaining to the class that what we actually see and how we put it on the paper is usually different. She started to draw and explain the anatomy of an eye, how the eyelashes actually grow out of a ledge between the eyeball and our skin. I felt like I had just been awakened.

From that point until I turned 30, my work was all charcoal, pastel and pencil drawings based on the human figure, getting more expressionist as I got older. At this point I started studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. During this period I started painting in oil as well as drawing. This was also when my work moved away from the figure and became abstract.


In 2006 and 2007, I curated the group exhibitions for Greenleaf Art Center, where I have my studio, and in June 2007 I took on the same role with the now defunct Gay and Lesbian Artist Network of Chicago (GLANCe). Since 2007, I have been the curator for the galleries at Center on Halsted.