Capturing Light, Color and Life in Composition – The Art Students League

Capturing Light, Color and Life in Composition

Joseph Peller

Joseph Peller, Under the Lights, the Joyce, 2018, oil on linen, 36 x 50 in. Courtesy ACA Galleries New York, New York

Class Description

Joseph Peller’s studio classes and summer cityscape class concentrate on capturing the color of light and life in compositions, which encourage the student’s individual point of view. Mr. Peller emphasizes working from life, using the live model as a point of departure. While oil painting approaches are emphasized, students are welcome to use any medium of their choice. Aspects of drawing and paint handling also receive attention. Historical precedents and artists are referenced whenever possible. This class works from the nude and clothed model, with poses generally lasting two weeks.

About the Instructor

Joseph Peller’s paintings, works on paper, and sculpture explore the haunting notions of isolation and ambivalence of individuals caught in the unnoticed rituals of modern life. He enjoys experimenting with a wide range of pure and mixed techniques involving oil, pastel, various printmaking procedures, drawing, and sculpture.

The artist has been honored with solo exhibitions in New York and Toronto, and has participated in group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Mr. Peller’s work has received recognition in national exhibitions and mention in ARTnews, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and American Artist magazine. He is the recipient of the Alden Bryan Memorial Award, the Dr. David Soloway Memorial Award, and the National Sculpture Society Award. Mr. Peller was awarded a four-week printmaking residency at the Guanlan Printmaking Base in Guanlan, China, as a guest of the People’s Republic of China in 2013 and 2016. His most recent solo exhibition was with ACA Galleries in New York (2014).

Mr. Peller traces his artistic lineage to the distinguished American painters Charles W. Hawthorne and George Bellows who were the teachers of his mentor, Canadian artist A. K. Scott. During formal study at the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, he worked with Canadian painters Kenneth Forbes and Cleve Horne. His development continued in New York with noted artists Thomas Fogarty, Jr. and Hilary Holmes at The Art Students League, and Ron Sherr at the National Academy of Design.

Mr. Peller’s work—represented by ACA Galleries in New York and Roberts Gallery in Toronto—can be found in public, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He works out of his Brooklyn Navy Yard studio on the East River waterfront of New York. Additional images of the artist’s work and his biography may be viewed online at his website:

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