STEWART JOEL

Etchings, lithographs, watercolours. Born 1959 California. University of Southern California. Lived in Kyoto since 1987.

Permanent Collections: the Portland Art Museum; the Allen Memorial Museum, Ohio; the Los Angeles County Museum; the collection of Morgan Stanley in Japan. Solo exhibitions in Japan and the USA.

Stewart is inspired by the “typically Japanese” themes, be they traditional or modern: a winter scene with old farm houses, a row of Japanese umbrellas drying after the rain, a grouping of pickle barrels lined up and stacked in a charmingly haphazard fashion, a stone lantern in the snow, and more recently the most Japanese image of them all: cherry blossom, just a few blooms magnified many times to make a most spectacular print. He has become very interested in the texture of ceramic, and his recent depictions of pots and vases have an extraordinary three-dimensional quality. His prints tend to be etchings or colour aquatints but Stewart does not restrict himself to prints. He uses watercolour when he ventures outside to recreate the countryside around Kyoto. His most recent project has been the completion of several large imagery of abstract and reality juxtaposed on each side of hand-made byoubu, or Japanese screens.

STEWART JOEL:  Lucy Strike
Title: Lucy Strike
Date: 2001
Medium: Colour Aquatint
Edition: 75
Image size: 100 x 100cm
STEWART JOEL:  Here and Now
Title: Here and Now
Date: 2013
Medium: Watercolour and acrylic on paper mounted on wood panel
Edition:
Image size: 41 x 77cm
STEWART JOEL: Down Here on The Ground
Title: Down Here on The Ground
Date: 2015
Medium: Watercolour, acrylic, silver lacquer on paper mounted on wood
Edition:
Image size: 61 x 121cm
STEWART JOEL: Yesternow
Title: Yesternow
Date: 2015
Medium: Aquatint with metallic leaf
Edition: 36
Image size: 87 x 69cm
STEWART JOEL: History
Title: History
Date: 2015
Medium: Aquatint, drypoint and etching
Edition: 43
Image size: 90 x 69cm