Joe Fig
American (1968 - )

Joe Fig, an artist currently active in the New York art world, lives and works in upstate Connecticut. For the last ten years the subject of his art has been the creation of a body of work that stands as homage to the heroes of the New York School, those artists who brought American art to worldwide prominence after World War II. He has recreated the studios of Pollock and de Kooning in paintings and sculptures and has moved beyond the first generation to pay similar tribute to the Pop Art painters, notable American figurative painters and his own contemporaries. Fig has chronicled his research on studio interiors and working practices in two books, Inside the Painter's Studio, 2009 and Inside the Artist's Studio, 2015. Ronnie and John E. Shore are among his most devoted collectors as can be seen on this page in their website. Although the Shore Collection is not restricted to American artists, neither is Fig whose recent works have included tributes to French artists of the last quarter of the 19th century and the birth of modernism.

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Sometimes I’m Afraid of Yellow
(Willem DeKooning 1984)
C-print mounted on aluminum
30 x 40 in
2001
Edition 3/5

Dear Vincent
(Vincent Van Gogh 1888)
C-print
16 x 20 in
2001
Edition 1/10
Will Cotton
C-print
16 x 20 in
2003
Edition 1/10
The Sublime is Now
(Barnett Newman 1951) II

C-print mounted on aluminum
30 x 40 in
2001
Edition 1/5
The Artist’s Studio: Roy Lichtenstein
Wood, polymer clay, paper, oil/acrylic paint
15 ½ x 18 ¼ x 8 ½ in
2004
Jackson Pollack, 1950
C-print mounted on aluminum
30 x 40 in
2002
Edition 4/5
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Jackson Pollack, 1950
C-print mounted on aluminum
19 ¼ x 15 ¼ in
2002
Edition 7/10
Jackson Pollock 1951
Mixed media
24 x 42 x 30 in
2002
Jackson Pollock 1951
Mixed media
24 x 42 x 30 in
2002
Chuck (Chuck Close 1997)
C-print
16 x 20 in
2001
Edition 4/10
Brancusi 1928
C-print mounted on aluminum
30 x 40 in
2003
Edition 1/5
Bob Rauschenberg 1972
Wood, polymer clay, paper, oil/acrylic paint
31 ¼ x 14 ½ x 14 in
2004
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Bob Rauschenberg 1972
Wood, polymer clay, paper, oil/acrylic paint
31 ¼ x 14 ½ x 14 in
2004
Line, Color, Form
(Henri Matisse 1950)

C-print 16 x 20 in
2001
April Gornik 2004
Digital chromogenic print
30 x 40 in
2006
Edition 2/5
Eric Fischl 2004
Digital chromogenic Print
30 x 40 in
Signature label on mount
2006
Edition 2/5
Matthew Ritchie 2003
Digital print
26 x 40 in
Signed, dated and numbered on verso
2006
Edition 1/5
Matthew Ritchie: September 5, 2003
Mixed media
13 x 41 x 28 in
2006
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Alex Katz 1992
Wood, polymer, clay, paper, plastic and paint
12 x 22 x 17 in
2004
Brushes (Bill Jensen)
Screenprint
14 ¾ x 17 in
2007-2008
Self Portrait 2007
Digital print
30 x 40 in
#1 of 5
2007
Malcolm Morley 2007
Digital print
30 x 40 in
# 1 of 5
2008
Ross Bleckner 2007
Digital print
30 x 40 in
#1 of 5
2007
Eric Fischl Summer 2008
Pencil, metal, paper
12 x 13 5/8 x 14 5/8 in
2009
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Ross (Blex)
Oil on linen
14 x 15 in
2008
Palette Painting: Steve Mumford
Oil on linen
12 x 48 in
2009
Steve Mumford
Oil on linen
22 x 17 in
2009
Steve Mumford 2003
Digital Print
20 x 40 in
#2 of 5
2003
Inka Essenhigh 2003
Digital Print
30 x 40 in
2003
Alex Katz
Oil on canvas
18 x 22 in (approximately)
Signed and dated on verso
2009
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Jim Dine
Oil on canvas
18 x 22” (approximately)
Signed and dated on verso
2009
The Fencing of Friedland
Oil on linen
66 x 78 in
Signed, titled and dated on reverse
2010
Joan
Oil on linen
28 x 40 in
2008

Palette: Delacroix
Oil on linen
21 x 15 inches
2010

Palette: Monet (Late)
Oil on linen
23 x 15 inches
2010
Palette: Van Gogh
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches
2010
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Analytical Art Discussion [at the Cedar Tavern] - Pollock, de Kooning, Tony Smith and Franz Kline,
Oil on canvas mounted on board
11 x 18 inches
2012

Inside the Painter's Studio (Contemplation and Collaboration) - Warhol and Basquiat
Oil on canvas mounted on board
10 x 12 inches
2012
A VISIT TO THE STUDIO
oil on canvas
48" x 60"
2013
Studio: Philip Taaffe
oil on canvas
48 1/2 x 60 5/8 inches
2015

Self Portrait: Collinsville
Mixed Media Sculpture
12.5  x 31.5 x21 in.
2013
signed and dated on bottom
 

Joe Fig: Paintings about films about artists

Films about artists inspired this series of works. It came about by Joe Fig's continued interest in the creative process of artists, art history and the myth of the artist. His previous work explored the real lives of successful artists and questioned the myth of the lone, struggling, misunderstood artist-genius. He became curious as to where this myth came from and how has it been propagated. He believe such early films as Rembrandt (1936), Lust for Life (1956) and Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) though part in truth, overly dramatized the struggles of the artist. This series is divided up into the storyline most common in these films: Relationships, Muse, Critique, Inspiration, Analytical Art Discussion, At Work, and Tragedy. These are some of the key moments in the dramatic portrayal of artists lives.
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Inspiration: Toulouse Latrec
Oil on linen mounted on board
4.25 x 6.75 inches
2011
Rembrandt: Death of Saskia
Oil on linen mounted on board
6.5 x 8.5 inches
2011
Critique: Van Gogh, Seurat and Bernard
Oil on linen mounted on board
9 x 18 inches
2011
Critique: Van Gogh and Gauguin
Oil on linen on board
9 x 16 inches
2011
Analytical Art Discussion: Pissarro with Vincent and Theo van Gogh,
Oil on canvas
8.5 x 12 inches
2012
From the film: Lust for Life, 1956 starring Kirk Douglas (Vincent Van Gogh), David Leonard (Camille Pissarro), and James Donald (Theo Van Gogh).

Relationships: Alfred Steiglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe
Oil on canvas
8 x 12 inches
2012
From the film: Georgia O’Keeffe, 2009 starring Jeremy Irons (Alfred Steiglitz) and Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keeffe).

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At Work: Van Gogh and Gauguin
Oil on canvas
9 x 15 inches
2012
From the film Lust for Life, 1956, starring Kirk Douglas (Vincent Van Gogh) and Anthony Quinn (Paul Gauguin)

Relationships: Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele (Playing the Drawing Game)
Oil on canvas
7 x 11 inches
2012
From the film: Klimt, 2005 starring John Malkovich (Gustav Klimt) and Nikolai Kinski (Egon Schiele).

PALETTE: EAKINS
Oil on linen
26 x 18 inches
2010

 

PALETTE: CHASE
Oil on linen
26 x 18 inches
2010

PALETTE: MONET (early)
Oil on linen
17 x 13 inches
2010

LE BAIN (small)
Oil on linen
48 x 52 inches
2010

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LE BAIN
Oil on linen
64 x 70 inches
With signature on verso
2010

MEISSONIER MEETING MONET IN THE TUILERIES
Oil on linen
78 x 90 inches
2009-2010

       

Joe Fig: Drawings of Artists Working

Drawings of artists working in their studios

 

“This series of drawings called ‘Inside the Artist's Studio’ depicts 24 leading contemporary artists in moments of contemplation or absorbed in their work. Those contemplative moments where it seems nothing is happening are often the times when an artist is working the hardest. Concurrently, when an artist is hard at work they often become so focused that they lose track of time or space. Pared down to the basics: a number 2 pencil and watercolor paper, I got focused on the sensitivity and quality of line as well as how the forms sat on the page. The empty space becoming as important as the drawn line. In the end they became the by-product of my own contemplative and focused moment and a joy to create.” Joe Fig   June 27, 2016.

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Contemplation Tara Donovan (Standing), 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper

 

Contemplation Byron Kim, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Red Grooms, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Tom Friedman, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Judy Pfaff, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Laurie Simmons, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper
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Contemplation Eve Sussman, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Ellen Carey, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Adam Cvijanovic, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Leonardo Drew, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Tony Oursler, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Petah Coyne, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper
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Contemplation Philip Taaffe, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Ursula Von Rydingsvard, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Will Ryman, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Tom Otterness, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Roxy Paine, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Alois Kroschlaeger, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper
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Contemplation Carroll Dunham, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Hilary Harkness, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Kate Gilmore, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Working Ellen Altfest, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Peter Campus, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper Contemplation Janaina Tschape, 2015, 12in x 9 in, pencil on paper