Joseph Black


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Download Study of a Standing Horse 2018-19 catalogue

The series is comprised of eight new and original works in pencil, charcoal, and oil. All illustrated works are available for sale on receipt of the catalogue with further works available by enquiry.

Download Empty Horizons 2019 catalogue

The series is comprised of eleven new and original works including a newly produced sculpture. All illustrated works are available for sale on receipt of the catalogue with further works available by enquiry. 

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My practice works with painting, sculpture, installation, and curation to explore the influence of history and culture on the creation of meaning. As a trained art historian specialising in Conceptual Art, my visual language draws on a wide array of references from Classical Antiquity to contemporary museum display. In my work, I use objects imbued with symbolic potential or emotional value, which I re-contextualise in different types of display and media to reveal the subtle shifts of meaning provoked by processes of reproduction and translation.

I am is a young artist, writer and curator who for the last eighteen months has been running River Garage Studios; an arts event space hosting exhibitions, events, and workshops for artists in Dover.  I currently run a new studio at Astley Avenue as part of the Dover Studio Collective. I obtained a Masters Degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2016 and a BFA Hons in Painting from Camberwell College of Art in 2015.

My senior curatorial projects include ‘The Garden at War: Deception, Craft and Reason, 2017’ at Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, as well as ‘Reflections on the Landscape: Against the tide, 2018’ and ‘Classical Remains, 2018’ at River Garage Studios.

In 2017, as part of the exhibition programme ‘The Garden at War: Deception, Craft and Reason’, I wrote, edited, and published a collection of essays and artwork in partnership with Paul Holberton Publishing; this publication is now sold internationally. I also held a day-long symposium at Stowe House which was delivered in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art.

In 2018 I was commissioned by Dover District Council and Dover Arts Development to produce a permanent sculpture for Kearsney Abbey titled ‘Other Waters’ which will be open to the public from late 2019. I currently exhibit with Osborne Studio Gallery in London and am involved in curatorial projects around Kent.


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