Lisson Gallery

Estate of Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph had, 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 were characterised by perfect symmetry, where every decision about colour and proportion could be seen to be redolent of time, mood or place. While comparable to the work of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, Joseph’s was an anomalous strain of Minimalism: his allegiance lay as much with Renaissance masters as with his contemporaries. More recently his format had 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 said: ‘A painting must generate feeling otherwise it is dead’.

Peter Joseph (1929 - 2020) was born in London, and lived and worked 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.

Turquoise, Blues, Pink

Estate of Peter Joseph
Turquoise, Blues, Pink

2018
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 x 2 cm / 54 x 44 x 3/4 in

Blue Border with Grey and Turquoise Centre (Version 1)

Estate of Peter Joseph
Blue Border with Grey and Turquoise Centre (Version 1)

2017
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.9 cm / 54 x 44 in

Orange and Yellow

Estate of Peter Joseph
Orange and Yellow

2017
Acrylic on cotton duck 116.8 x 96.5 cm / 46 x 38 in.

Lilac, Blue and Green

Estate of Peter Joseph
Lilac, Blue and Green

2013
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in.

Deep Red Brown and Pink

Estate of Peter Joseph
Deep Red Brown and Pink

2010
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 114.3 cm / 54 x 45 in.

Blue with Lilac

Estate of Peter Joseph
Blue with Lilac

2008
Acrylic on cotton duck 132.7 x 146.7 cm / 52 1/4 x 57 3/4 in

Dull Lilac with Dark Blue

Estate of Peter Joseph
Dull Lilac with Dark Blue

2006
Acrylic on cotton duck 169 x 124 cm / 66 1/2 x 48 7/8 in

Light Pink with Turquoise Blue

Estate of Peter Joseph
Light Pink with Turquoise Blue

1994
Acrylic on cotton duck 154 x 166 x 4 cm / 60 5/8 x 65 1/4 x 1 1/2 in

Bright Pink with Lilac

Estate of Peter Joseph
Bright Pink with Lilac

1990
Acrylic on cotton duck 150 x 151.5 x 4 cm / 59 x 59 5/8 x 1 1/2 in

Light Green with Dark Green

Estate of Peter Joseph
Light Green with Dark Green

1987
Acrylic on cotton duck 146 x 160 cm / 57 1/2 x 63 in

Exhibitions

  1. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    1 September – 18 September 2022

  2. Portals

    Portals

    10 February – 9 April 2022

  3. Peter Joseph: The Border Paintings

    Peter Joseph: The Border Paintings

    16 February – 24 April 2021

  4. Selected works in London

    Selected works in London

    8 December 2020 – 12 January 2021

  5. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    25 January – 2 March 2019

  6. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    23 June – 11 August 2017

  7. Peter Joseph: The New Painting

    Peter Joseph: The New Painting

    26 March – 10 May 2014

  8. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    2 February – 10 March 2007

  9. Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    19 September – 17 October 1998

  10. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    25 September – 21 October 1989

  11. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    29 June – 18 September 1987

  12. Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    9 August – 7 September 1983

  13. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    24 January – 1 March 1980

  14. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    19 September – 22 November 1978

  15. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    29 June – 31 July 1976

  16. Peter Joseph

    4 May – 29 May 1971

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

    26 July – 22 August 1970

  18. Peter Schmidt

    Peter Schmidt

    9 April – 30 May 1970

  19. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    9 April – 31 May 1969

  20. Lisson '68: Ken Cox, Timothy Drever, Michael Ginsborg, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Peter Joseph, Li Yuan-Chia, Tom Phillips, Mira Schendel, Peter Schmidt

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

    25 January – 24 February 1968

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

    21 September – 7 October 1967

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