Gallery Exhibit: Kwalité Paintings by Joe Waks

Joe Waks Art
On display through April 27, 2018

Tickets: Free Admission
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Joe Waks’ mixed-media paintings underscore his passion for politics and popular culture. Seen through the lens of past icons and emblems of our society, his paintings become an audacious commentary on our consumerist ethos and modern society. Enter Joe’s world for an upside down view of how our culture embraces the marketing messages that infiltrate our minds at every turn.

Kwalité Paintings by Joe Waks 
Curated by Jeremy Moss 

On Display: March 5 – April 27, 2018  
Reception: Thursday, March 8 from 6-9PM 

Joe Waks’ mixed media paintings serve as an observation on the interconnected world we inhabit. His work reflects our universal consumerist ethos by presenting us with a “re-contextualized” ideal of the icons and emblems common amongst disparate civilizations that share planet earth.

The artist is a largely self-taught painter, photographer and printmaker who resides in beautiful Bayonne, New Jersey. He is also an attorney who has worked at the highest levels of local, state and federal government in his beloved Garden State. Waks’ mixed media creations underscore his passion for politics and popular culture.

Waks is an audacious commentator on these kooky times. Observant as a seasoned reporter who never leaves home without his “Little Pad of Ideas,” he doesn’t let a headline or artifact exemplifying America’s past grandeur and current status as a nation driving off a cliff at 80 mph, or slice of pizza get by him. Though Waks can be accused of being absent-minded — he’s been known to leave his personal effects on the roof of his car as he speeds off — he is constantly unearthing the teeny-tiny things that go unnoticed in everyday life. 

Waks was a 2008 New Jersey Print and Paper Fellow at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He has had numerous solo and group shows at galleries in New Jersey and New York, including two highly successful solo exhibitions in 2010. His works are in private collections in New York City, Los Angeles and many others in the United States and Canada. Waks is also in the permanent collection of the Jersey City Museum, and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, part of one of the largest public relations agencies, recently acquired several of his paintings for its renowned collection.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition.