oil on canvas, 36" × 36"
I'll Call You Napoleon
oil on canvas, 30" × 36"
oil on canvas, 48" × 41"
Joe Coffey was born in Caledon East, Ontario, where he spent his early years on the family farm. Joe works namely with oils, graphite, and mixed media, which are applied with an artistic preciseness to imitate reality. His repertoire mainly consists of intimate portraits of isolated barn animals and people, rendered in vivid colours.
His work explores his personal story in the figures he paints, with each image suggesting a different story to each viewer.
"My best friends were the farm animals I would meet on my walks. We had an affinity. They loomed above my little being and their eyes transfixed me. I began to draw them. In doing so I could capture my own emotions. As I matured, my images (while still personal) began to express my conviction that the human condition is solitary, that each of us traverses this world alone. Paradoxically I recognize my fascination with "face," and excavating some kind of personality out of my subjects is perhaps my way of connecting to others, or perhaps a longing. It's almost a voyeuristic experience for me..."
Widely acclaimed for his graphic skills, he has won awards for his art and has been featured in multiple group exhibitions and solo shows. Joe has been working as a professional exhibiting artist for the past 18 years with galleries in Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary. His works, including commissions, are in private collections across Canada, the USA and England. Joe presently lives and works in Victoria, B.C.
JURY'S CHOICE AWARDS
2015 Shortlisted for The Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture
2001 Annual Juried Show, Sooke Fine Arts, Sooke, BC (Artist Entry: Invitation Piece/Selection)
2000 Annual Juried Show, Sooke Fine Arts, Sooke, BC
2014 Living Room Stories, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2013 Joe Coffey: Feature Artist - New Works, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB Cancelled due to flooding. Instead featured at Winchester Galleries, Victoria
2012 Chasing Peacocks, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC 2011 "New Works," Granville Fine Art, Vancouver BC
2010 New Works, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC 2009 "New Works," Virginia Christopher Fine Art, Calgary AB
2008 Gods and Monsters, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2008 Monologues, Linda Lando Fine Art, Vancouver BC
2007 Masquerade Ball, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC
2003 Route 66, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC 2001 "Joe Coffey," Kensington Fine Arts, Calgary, Alberta
2000 Joe Coffey: New Work Alexander's Galleries, Sidney, BC