Lisson Gallery

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 lied 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

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

Untitled Study, January 2019

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

Untitled Study, January 2019

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

Peter Joseph Untitled Study, November 2018

Peter Joseph
Peter Joseph Untitled Study, November 2018
2018
Collage on paper 44 x 35 cm / 17 1/4 x 13 3/4 in

Blue Border with Grey and Turquoise Centre (Version 1)

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

Untitled Study, May 2017

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

Turquoise, Lemon, Dark Blue and Light Blue

Peter Joseph
Turquoise, Lemon, Dark Blue and Light Blue
2017
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in

Two Blues and Light Blue

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

Pinks, Dark Blue and Brown

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

Orange and Yellow

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

Blue, Pinks and Grey Mauve

Peter Joseph
Blue, Pinks and Grey Mauve
2015
Acrylic on cotton duck 137.2 x 111.8 cm / 54 x 44 in

Dull Lilac with Red

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

Lilac, Blue and Green

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

Turquoise and Blue

Peter Joseph
Turquoise and Blue
2013
Acrylic on cotton duck 137 x 111 cm / 53 7/8 x 43 3/4 in

Bright green, sky blue and red

Peter Joseph
Bright green, sky blue and red
2010
Acrylic on canvas on paper 34.9 x 26.7 cm / 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 in

Deep Red Brown and Pink

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

Ochre with two blues

Peter Joseph
Ochre with two blues
2010
Acrylic on canvas on paper 34.9 x 26.7 cm / 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 in

Blue with Lilac

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

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

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

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

Peter Joseph
Light Green with Dark Green
1987
Acrylic on cotton duck 146 x 160 cm / 57 1/2 x 63 in

Study for "Light Green with Dark Green"

Peter Joseph
Study for "Light Green with Dark Green"
1987
Coloured paper 57 x 76 cm / 22 3/8 x 29 7/8 in

Lime Green with Black Surround

Peter Joseph
Lime Green with Black Surround
1983
Acrylic on cotton duck 180 x 144.5 cm / 70 3/4 x 56 7/8 in

4 Colour

Peter Joseph
4 Colour
1972
Acrylic on cotton duck 50.8 x 50.8 cm / 20 x 20 in.

Parterre

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

Red/Blue/Yellow/White Flag Painting

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

    Peter Joseph

    25 January – 2 March 2019

  2. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    23 June – 11 August 2017

  3. Peter Joseph: The New Painting

    Peter Joseph: The New Painting

    26 March – 10 May 2014

  4. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    2 February – 10 March 2007

  5. Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    19 September – 17 October 1998

  6. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    25 September – 21 October 1989

  7. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    29 June – 18 September 1987

  8. Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    Peter Joseph: Recent Paintings

    9 August – 7 September 1983

  9. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    24 January – 1 March 1980

  10. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    19 September – 22 November 1978

  11. Peter Joseph

    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

    Peter Schmidt

    9 April – 30 May 1970

  15. Peter Joseph

    Peter Joseph

    9 April – 31 May 1969

  16. 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

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

    21 September – 7 October 1967

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