Joe Black

(b. 1973)

Joe Black is a British contemporary artist known for his large-scale works based on popular imagery made from thousands of miniature objects.

The vanguard of the current Pop Art movement, Black’s work has been described by the aesthete himself as “revealing the unexpected” as his oeuvres must be viewed both from a distance and up close to make the ordinary extraordinary.

Black combines his natural craft skills with a love of materials – many of which are recognizable everyday objects – to create portraits and abstract works. Using a laborious technique of hand painting and altering each tiny object to give gentle lines and shading to his subjects, Black has pioneered an elaborate new form of pixilation that he uses to hide subtle implications within each of his images.

Through his works, Joe Black aims for the audience to experience the grand and the intricate at the same time. This is perhaps best illustrated by his use of plastic toy soldiers in his depiction of Robert Capa’s iconic boy soldier piece Made in China (2011). Black’s distinctive style encourages the viewer to interpret his playful works by exploring the piece as a dramatic whole as well as by examining the detailed collection of its parts.

Since committing himself to the world of full-time fine art, Black has stormed the art world, stunning it with his powerful mix of image selection and craftsmanship.

During Frieze Art Fair in London in 2013, Black exhibited his debut show at Opera Gallery London. Since then, his works have been well received and he has exhibited internationally in Hong Kong, New York, London, Paris, Dallas, Cannes, Dubai and Singapore.

  • Giving back to Nature

    Giving back to Nature

    Beirut

    May 17, 2017 - June 03, 2017

  • BritARTnia

    BritARTnia

    London

    November 23, 2016 - December 08, 2016

  • The Assembly, cumulative practices in Contemporary art

    The Assembly, cumulative practices in Contemporary art

    Hong Kong

    November 18, 2016 - December 05, 2016

  • Joe Black / Sum of its Parts & Seo Young-Deok / The Gray Man

    Joe Black / Sum of its Parts & Seo Young-Deok / The Gray Man

    Paris

    November 18, 2016 - December 08, 2016

  • Cool Britannia

    Cool Britannia

    Seoul

    October 21, 2015 - November 30, 2015

  • Readymade by JOE BLACK

    Readymade by JOE BLACK

    Hong Kong

    September 17, 2014 - October 04, 2014

  • Ways of seeing

    Ways of seeing

    London

    October 18, 2013 - November 19, 2013

  • The many faces of David Bowie

    The many faces of David Bowie

    London

    June 21, 2013 - August 31, 2013

  • Urban Masters - Pop-up exhibition

    Urban Masters - Pop-up exhibition

    London

    November 09, 2012 - November 18, 2012