Joseph Adolphe moved to New York City in 1992 to attend the School of Visual Arts where he received his MFA in 1994. He has received several awards for his art, including First Place in the “Figure Now 2010” Competition at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has been featured in over forty exhibitions since 1998 throughout America and internationally. He now lives with his wife and children in New Haven, Connecticut and is a professor of Fine Arts at St. John’s University in New York.
Joseph Adolphe’s oil paintings depict uncertainty, anxiety and vulnerability in the modern day. Whether they are beaten down fighters, agile beasts or innocent children, his subjects appear burdened by conflict and the weight of the world. Nonetheless, they are strong, resilient characters, as their confidence and bravery give the paintings an undeniable optimism even when the subject is dark. “Toro Bravo”, Adolphe’s debut solo exhibition at BDG was a resounding success. In the summer of 2012, his painting, Mars No. 1, was chosen for the cover of Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual, and Joseph Adolphe and his work will be featured in the upcoming feature length documentary, HEAVYWEIGHTPAINT. Joseph Adolphe’s paintings are held in many private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad
AWARDS AND HONORS
2014 Keynote Speaker, International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy, United Nations, NY. 2011 ManifestGallery.org, INPA2, International Painting Annual 2. Finalist. Chosen for cover image.
2011 ManifestGallery.org, INDA6, International Drawing Annual 6. Two large scale drawings selected.
2010 1st place winner, The Figure Now 2010, International Juried Exhibition, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri. "An International Juried Exhibition, which reconsiders traditional and contemporary approaches to the figure.
2009 Studio Visit Magazine, volume eight & volume nine. Juried publication.
1998 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.
1992 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, MFA Program, Full Academic Scholarship
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New Paintings, New York, New York
2012 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, Toro Bravo, Recent Work, New York, New York 2011 Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Paintings, New Haven, Connecticut
2010 West Rock Gallery, Paintings from Italy, New Haven, Connecticut
2009 Kehler Liddell Gallery, Affinities, New Haven, Connecticut
2008 Kehler Liddell Gallery, Deconstruction & Resurrection, New Haven, Connecticut 2005 Galerie Françoise, New Works: Figures, Baltimore, Maryland
2003 Galerie Françoise, Joseph Adolphe: Urban Landscapes, Baltimore, Maryland 2003 Gallery 119, Joseph Adolphe: Urban Landscapes: Brooklyn & Rome, Jackson, Mississippi
2003 The Object Image Gallery, New Paintings, Brooklyn, New York
2002 The Late Show, Rome: Paintings From the Eternal City, Kansas City, Missouri
2002 Pulmone Pulsante, Joseph Adolphe: Drawings 1993–2002, Rome, Italy
2002 The Late Show, Urban Landscapes-Brooklyn, Kansas City, Missouri
2002 North 6th Gallery, Joseph Adolphe: Drawings and Paintings, Brooklyn, New York 2001 Bogigian Gallery, Joseph Adolphe: Paintings, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2014 New Zones Gallery, G’ddy Up!, Calgary, Canada 2014 Axelle Gallery, Winter Collective, Boston, MA. 2013 The Art Directors Club, Round ZERO, NYC 2012 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NYC
2011 Jonathan Frost Gallery, New Artists Showcase, Rockland, Maine
2011 Norwalk College Gallery, Zoology 101, Norwalk, Connecticut
2010 A-Space Gallery @ West Cove Studios, Large Works Show, West Haven, Connecticut 2010 Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, Figure Now, St. Louis, Missouri
2010 Kehler Liddell Gallery, Size Matters, New Haven, Connecticut
2009 Paper New England, Go Figure, Newspace Gallery, Manchester, Connecticut
2009 Paper New England, Current Connecticut, Artspace, Hartford, Connecticut
2009 Ct. Comm. on Culture & Tourism, Touring Connecticut, C.C.C.T Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut
2008 Kehler Liddell Gallery, Change, New Haven, Connecticut
2005 Delgado-Tomei Gallery, Figuratively Speaking, Brooklyn, New York
2005 NY Law School, Print: O.I.A. Group Show, New York, New York
2004-5 Manhattan Graphics, Touring Group Show: Mono-prints, throughout India
2003-5 Conversations, Touring Group Exhibition, Beginning in Baltimore, Maryland
2004 Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Oct.2–Jan.23
2004 Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware. Feb. 6–May 23
2004 University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut. July 15–Aug. 20
2003 Galerie Françoise, Summer Group Show, Baltimore, Maryland
2002 The Object Image Gallery, Brooklyn Artists, Brooklyn, New York Gallery 2002 119, The Self Portraits Show, Jackson, Mississippi
2014 ArtMRKT SAN FRANCISCO, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Art, San Francisco, CA. 2014 Dallas Art Fair, Newzones Gallery, Canada,
2014 Miami International Art Fair, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NYC.
2014 ArtPalmBeach Contemporary Art Fair, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NYC. 2013 Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NYC
2000-Current Professor of Art, Department of Art & Design, St. John’s University, NYC
Rae, Haniya, “Heavyweight Paint”, Guernica Magazine, June 26, 2013, 2010-2014 Documentary, Heavyweightpaint. www.Heavyweightpaint.com
PoetsArtists, Joseph Adolphe, Issue No. 40, November 2012, pgs, 8-10
Sepulvida, David, Westville Painter makes “Heavyweight” Cut, The New Haven, Advocate, June 4, 2012. Web version:
The Coffin Factory, Shelter, Paintings by Joseph Adolphe Issue 3, pgs 43 & 46
Sepulvida, David, New Haven, Independent, “Open Studios Meets Westville Renaissance”, Oct 15, 2010. Arts Section.
Hoffman, Hank, A Continuum of Gesture, The New Haven Advocate Pg. 35, January 7–13, 2010
Catlin, Roger The State Through Artists’ Eyes, The HartfordCourant, Art Week section, pg. 12, November 6, 2008
Duran, Elvira J. Critic’s Pick, We All Need a Little, New Haven Magazine, pg. 38, October 2008
City Wide Open Studios Catalogue, 2008–2009 Artists Directory, Pg. 159
Glaser, Brian Visual Arts Journal, School of Visual Arts Magazine, Alumni Exhibitions, New York, NY, Volume 16, Number 2, pg. 90, 92.
Birke, Judy Two artists, two approaches make one fine show at Kehler Liddell, New Haven Register & (NewHAvenRegister.com), Section E pg.1–2, February 3, 2008
Duran, Elvira J. Joseph Adolphe at The Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven Magazine, pg. 48– 49, January 2008
Kobasa, Stephen, V. Painting Thick, The New Haven Advocate, Pg. 39, Feb., 14–20, 2008 edition.
Hoffman, Hank More than scratching the surface, ctartscene.blogspot.com, Connecticut Art Scene: Dedicated to covering the visual arts community in Connecticut, Thursday, February 21, 2008
Art in America, (August 2004). “Annual Guide to Museums, Galleries, Artists”, p. 15 (2665)
“Award Winners Honored” (November 2003) Charities USA, New York p. 26
Chalkley, Tom, (12/10/03) “Dialogue Boxes” City Paper, The Arts Section, Baltimore, MD.
Benoit, Julie, (Nov. 2003). “Conversations: Influence and Collaboration in Contemporary Art”, Radar 8, Baltimore Arts & Culture, p. 22
Giuliano, Mike,(July 20, 2003). “Two Galleries Offer Two Takes on the World”, The Messenger, p.11
M.F.A. Alumni, “Illustration as Visual Journalism”, School of Visual Arts Films, Documentary Video
Modenstein, S.A. (2003, Spring). “The Magazine Rack, Alumni Notes” Visual Arts Journal, p.42 & 46
Brown, Kenneth (2003, March 10). “New Showcase for Canadian Artist” Park Slope Courier, Vol. XXV No. 10, p. 4
Hackman, Kate. (2002, Nov/Dec.) “Eternal/Glorious.” Review, p. 14
Barnaba, S. (2002, June). “Citta e dintorni.” La Repubblica Trova Roma, p. 9.
Sacca, Annalisa. (2002, June). “Joe Adolphe: Disegni-Sulla Soglia Dello Sguardo.” Ilfilorosso 32, p. 57.
Selvaggi, Giuseppe. (2002, June 22). “La rivolta di Narciso.” Il Giornale D’Italia, p.14. Hackman, Kate. (2002, May/June). “Joe Adolphe at the Late Show.” Review, p. 18.
Johnson, Dustin. (2002, July/August). “Rooms With Familiar Views”. Review, p. 65
Miller, Joe (2002, May 23-29). “Joe Adolphe’s Paintings.” Pitch Weekly p. 24
“Need an Art Fix: The Late Show Provides.” (2002, May 25). The Kansas City Star section F, p. 7
Stapley, Caprice. (2002, June 14). “An Artist Has Grown In Brooklyn.” The Kansas City Star section F, p. 33
Lucas, Sherry. (2002, March 24). “Self Portrait.” The Clarion Ledger section F, p. 5. “Adolphe Exhibition at Bogigian Gallery” (Feb. 9, 2001) The Wilson Billboard, Pg. 3 “New York Artist at Wilson” (March 2001) The Chambersburg Gazette, Pg. C3