Lisson Gallery

Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph has, over the course of decades, dedicated his practice to seeking the potential in constraint. He rose to critical acclaim in the 1970s for his meditative, two-colour paintings, which set one rectangle within a frame of a darker shade. These early works are characterised by perfect symmetry, where every decision about colour and proportion can be seen to be redolent of time, mood or place. While comparable to the work of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, Joseph’s is an anomalous strain of Minimalism: his allegiance lies as much with Renaissance masters as with his contemporaries. More recently his format has departed from his established 'architecture' to divide the canvas into two planes, horizontally or vertically, wherein loose brushwork, natural tones and patches of exposed canvas tap into new feeling. As Joseph says: ‘A painting must generate feeling otherwise it is dead’.

Peter Joseph was born in London, UK in 1929. He lives and works in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK. He has had solo exhibitions at Bernard Bouche Gallery (2018, 2015, 2013); Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier, Briey-en-fôret, France (1998); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK (1994) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA (1983). He has been included in major group exhibitions at Sotheby's S|2, London, UK (2018), Kinokino, Stavanger, Norway (2018); FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France (2014); Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco, France (2013); Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany (2010); Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2008); MuHKA, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium (2007); Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2005); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2002); Fundacao Serralves, Porto, Portugal (1999); Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (1991); Stadtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (1984) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (1977). He won the John Player Painting Competition in 1968.

Peter Joseph
Two Blues and White on Grey, 2019
Cotton duck on canvas 116.8 x 96.5 cm 46 x 38 in

Peter Joseph
Untitled Study, January 2019, 2019
Collage on paper 44 x 35 cm 17 1/4 x 13 3/4 in

Peter Joseph
Three Blues and White, 2018
Acrylic on cotton duck 116.8 x 96.5 cm 46 x 38 in

Peter Joseph
Brown, Yellow & Two Blues, 2018
Acrylic on cotton duck 116.8 x 96.5 cm 46 x 38 in

Peter Joseph
Blue, Red, Pinks and Light Grey, 2017
Acrylic on cotton duck 116.8 x 96.5 cm 46 x 38 in

Peter Joseph
Two Blues and Light Blue, 2017
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Untitled Study, April 2017
Collage on paper 44 x 35 cm / 17 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.

Peter Joseph
Pinks, Dark Blue and Brown, 2017
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Orange and Yellow, 2017
Acrylic on cotton duck 116.8 x 96.5 cm / 46 x 38 in.

Peter Joseph
Turquoise, Yellow and Ultramarine, 2016
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Untitled Study, August 2016
Collage on paper 44 x 35cm / 17 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.

Peter Joseph
Black,Yellow, Blue, 2 pinks and Turquoise, 2016
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Untitled Study, September 2016
Collage on paper 44 x 35 cm / 17 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.

Peter Joseph
Untitled Study, August 2016
Collage on paper 44 x 35 cm / 17 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.

Peter Joseph
2 Blues, January 2016, 2016
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Reds , Grey and Sand Colour , 2014
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Dull Lilac with Red, 2013
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Lilac, Blue and Green, 2013
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Cademium Red with alizarin , 2013
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Peter Joseph
Bright green, dark grey, orange, pink and blue, 2010
Acrylic on canvas on paper 34.9 x 26.7 cm / 14 x 10.5 in.

Peter Joseph
Sky blue, light green, ochre and russet , 2010
Acrylic on canvas on paper 34.9 x 26.7 cm / 14 x 10.5 in.

Peter Joseph
Deep Red Brown and Pink, 2010
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 114.3 cm / 54 x 45 in.

Peter Joseph
Light Green with Dull Violet Red, 2006
Acrylic on cotton duck 150.8 x 165.9 cm / 59 x 65 in.

Peter Joseph
Bright red, Grey and Red Violet, 2010
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 114.3 cm / 54 x 45 in.

Peter Joseph
Light Brown and Bright Green, 2007
Acrylic on cotton duck 55 x 47.6 cm / 21 1/2 x 19 in.

Peter Joseph
Blue and Sand, 2006
Acrylic on cotton duck 53.3 x 41.3 cm / 21 x 16 in.

Peter Joseph
Ochre over Red, 2006
Acrylic on cotton duck 169 x 129.5 cm / 66 1/2 x 51 in.

Peter Joseph
Blue and Brown, 2006
Acrylic on cotton duck 51 x 46 cm / 20 x 18 in.

Peter Joseph
Pink with Dark Green, 1989
Acrylic on cotton duck 151.8 x 176 cm / 60 x 69 in.

Peter Joseph
Blue/Yellow Diamond, 1972
Acrylic on cotton duck 48.3 x 35.6 cm / 19 x 14 in.

Peter Joseph
Yellow over Red, 1971
Acrylic on cotton duck 48.3 x 40.6 cm / 19 x 16 in.

Peter Joseph
4 Colour, 1969
Acrylic on cotton duck 38.1 x 71.1 cm / 15 x 28 in.

Peter Joseph
4 Colour, 1968
Acrylic on cotton duck 50.8 x 50.8 cm / 20 x 20 in.

Peter Joseph
Parterre, 1967
Acrylic on cotton duck 139.7 x 144.8 cm / 55 x 57 in.

Peter Joseph
Red/Blue/Yellow/White Flag Painting, 1964
Acrylic on cotton duck 94 x 137.2 cm / 37 x 54 in.

Exhibitions

  1. Peter Joseph

    25 January – 2 March 2019

  2. Peter Joseph

    23 June – 11 August 2017

  3. Peter Joseph: The New Painting

    26 March – 10 May 2014

  4. Peter Joseph

    2 February – 10 March 2007

  5. Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    19 September – 17 October 1998

  6. Peter Joseph

    25 September – 21 October 1989

  7. Peter Joseph

    29 June – 18 September 1987

  8. Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    9 August – 7 September 1983

  9. Peter Joseph

    24 January – 1 March 1980

  10. Peter Joseph

    19 September – 22 November 1978

  11. Peter Joseph

    29 June – 31 July 1976

  12. Peter Joseph

    4 May – 29 May 1971

  13. Bill Culbert, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Michael...

    26 July – 22 August 1970

  14. Peter Schmidt

    9 April – 30 May 1970

  15. Peter Joseph

    9 April – 31 May 1969

  16. Lisson '68: Ken Cox, Timothy Drever, Micha...

    25 January – 24 February 1968

  17. Derek Jarman, Peter Joseph, Raymon Ginghof...

    21 September – 7 October 1967

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