BRINGING THE OUTSIDE INSIDE
Joe Blundell was born in London and emigrated to Melbourne in 2008.
Self-taught as an artist, but with a degree in plant biology Joe is drawn to depictions of nature in his art - sometimes pure landscape and sometimes looking at the interplay between nature and the man-made.
A feature of Joe’s landscape work is intimate, depictions of nature’s entanglements and the fight for survival.
Less interested in big vistas and more pre-occupied with the experience of being in the bush his landscape work reflects the complexity he sees in botanical nature.
A recurring theme in Joe’s work is the concept of renewal in the natural world – the balance of life and death amongst plants and trees.
Forces of nature which exist independently of humans but are subject to the influence of mankind.
Joe has recently completed a series of “portraits” of aspects of forest life in Australia’s Dandenong Ranges for which he has been a finalist and prize winner in The Hadley’s Art Prize and The Paddington Art Prize.
Joe exhibits regularly in Melbourne and paints from his studio in Swan Street, Richmond.
2019 – Paddington Art Prize, Menzies Art Brands, Sydney [Group]
2019 – Hadley’s Art Prize, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart [Group]
2019 – Habitats, Tacit Gallery, Collingwood, VIC [SOLO]
2018 – Urban Nature, Hawthorn Gallery, Hawthorn East, VIC [SOLO]
2018 – Impressions of Melbourne, Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham, VIC [Group]
2017 – Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham, VIC [Group]
2014 – Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK [Group]
Prizes and Awards
2019 – Paddington Art Prize, Sydney [Winner, Honourable Mention Prize]
2019 – Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart [Finalist]
2019 – Camberwell Art Show, Melbourne [Winner, City of Boroondara Prize]
2019 – Marvellous Melbourne, Its art and soul, Melbourne [Winner, Peoples Choice Award]
2018 – St Kevins Art Show, Melbourne [Winner, Peoples Choice Award]
2017 – Camberwell Art Show, Melbourne [Highly Commended]
2016 – Kennedy Prize, South Australia [Finalist]
2014 – Artist of the Year Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK [Finalist]
2019 – Dr Amy Jackett, “Fires, Floods and desert Lakes” Catalogue Essay, Hadley’s Art Prize, July 21, 2019
2018 – “Art show has light touch” Prospect Leader, Boroondara, Sept 13, 2018