The Americas

Joe Reihsen

Born 1979, USA.

Reihsen received his BFA in Painting and New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute, 2008 followed by an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded the UC Regents Fellowship.  Selected solo shows include: Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy (2014); Central Fine, Miami Beach, FL (2013); Clean Title No Accidents, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Joe Reihsen, The Company, Los Angeles, CA (2011). Recent groups exhibitions include: NEXT, Arsenal, Montreal, QC (2014; Forms of Abstraction, American Abstraction from the 1950s to Today, curated by Susanne Van Hagen, Dickinson, London, UK (2014); This is the Story of America, Brand New Gallery, Milan (2013).  Joe Reihsen lives and works in Los Angeles.

There is a marked freshness, luminosity and glow in Reihsen’s paintings. Confidently pushing the boundaries of the medium, his immersive canvasses are tactile and reminiscent of topographical views infused with ‘acidic rainbows’. Building up his work using neon colours and pastels, made with natural and synthetic polymer, his abstract compositions appear to be lifted from the canvas and result in an optical illusion. By developing a process whereby he creates paintings floating on paintings, using lines, shapes, and smudges, his viewers may experience contracting emotions, as the work appears soft and dreamy yet emotionally charged.

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