Joseph Bangsund

Joseph is a contemporary artist-painter. His early studies included drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture and print-making, which he pursued at the University of Regina, near his rural Saskatchewan home town.

A brief period of experimentation in “new media” brought with it a video and performance art
phase, along with a move to Montreal to pursue a Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in
Interdisciplinary Arts. Since graduating Joseph has focused on painting almost exclusively. The resulting body of work is a tenacious and contemporary reflection of his own boundaries as an artist.

A collaboration with Montreal fashion designer, Yves-Jean Lacasse (Envers) featured Joseph’s elaborately dripping multi-layered ink and acrylic forms. This ”wearable art collection”, along with a selection of paintings, was showcased at Montreal Fashion Week and at the designer’s boutique. Joseph has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Montreal and has work in several private collections locally and abroad.

Joseph Bangsund’s work is an abstract study of structure; the structure of language, of thoughts, of liquids, of the air, of the human body and emotion. Working in layers, he creates images that generate psychic and emotional spaces, at once intimate, yet haunting. His use of this space offers the viewer multiple perspectives and a dynamic visual experience.
He works with acrylics, inks, gouache, and other mixed media such as clothing, textiles, metallics, and collage to create his oeuvre, which includes installation, series and unique pieces. The palette is discreet, organic and crisp. The aesthetic evokes a dance of waves, the flow of intertwined bodies or of colliding winds. By at times incorporating words or sentences into his works, a brief glimpse of internal dialogue with the viewer is shared.

Le travail de Joseph Bangsund est une étude des structures: celles du langage, des pensées, des liquides, de l'air, du corps humain et des émotions. Sa technique d'application des couches de couleurs sur la surface de son œuvre lui permet de créer des images qui génèrent des espaces psychiques et émotionnels, à la fois intimes, mais obsédants. Son utilisation de ces espaces offre au spectateur des perspectives multiples et une expérience visuelle dynamique.
Joseph Bangsund travail avec l'acrylique, l'encre, la gouache, et d'autres médiums tels que les vêtements, textiles, la peinture métallique et aussi le collage afin de diversifier ses matières pour sa création artistique qui inclut des installations, des œuvres en séries et des pièces uniques. Sa palette est pudique, organique et vive. Son esthétique évoque la danse des vagues, le flux des corps enlacés, ou la collision des vents. Utilisant parfois des mots ou des phrases dans ses œuvres, Joseph partage un bref aperçu de dialogue interne avec le spectateur.

Depuis 2006, Joseph a vécu et fait connaître son travail au Mexique et à l'Ouest du Canada. Il vit actuellement à Montréal et continue à développer son style et son identité en tant qu'artiste.

Exhibitions & Galleries
2014 Studio 323 New York, NYC
2013 Galerie Modulum, Montreal, QC
2013 Café Aléatoire, Montreal, QC
2011 Mod's Hair, Westmount, QC
2010 History Brush, Espace Bruno Desjardins, Montréal, QC
2010 Festival International Montréal en Arts (FIMA)
2008 Collaboration with Envers by Yves Jean Lacasse for MFW
2006 Vestiges: the Body Fluid - Galerie Le Sapin, Montréal, QC (group)
2006 Galerie Gala, Montreal
2006 The Brown Fantasy - Galerie Espace, Montréal, QC
2005 Alkali - Galerie Nov.5, Montréal, QC
2004 2 Close - Atelier Emulsion Media, Montréal, QC

Education

B.F.A., Visual Arts at Concordia University

2006 Montreal, QC

Specialties

paintingdrawing