Artist Statement / CV / Bio

Bio:

Joe Kazimierczyk (Joe Kaz for short) is a landscape painter working in a traditional and realistic style.  Using oils, Joe paints many of his smaller works outdoors, on location, en plein air.  Working this way has its challenges but Joe is trying to overcome these challenges to paint larger canvases outdoors.  Currently, his larger works are usually done in the studio, working in either oil or acrylic, based on his plein air studies, photographs and memories.  Joe is happiest painting the land he is familiar with and the majority of his paintings are done within a few miles of where he lives.  Being an avid bicyclist gives Joe a means of exploring the back roads, and many of his paintings are scenes along his favorite cycling routes.  Joe also creates hand-built ceramics, carved wooden bowls and sculpture.

A life long resident of New Jersey, Joe lives on the Sourland Mountain near Neshanic Station and is primarily self-taught as an artist.  Joe has been painting for years but has only been exhibiting his paintings since the spring of 2005.  Since then, he has been accepted into 7 juried shows, has received 5 awards, and has a painting in the permanent collection of the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission in Trenton, NJ.


Artist’s Statement:

The beauty of nature is my muse and I most enjoy painting scenes that I am familiar with - the places that I love and see often in my daily travels.  My hope is that when people see my work, they will see the same beauty which inspired me to paint it.


CV:

Selected Exhibitions:

  • Solo Show - Hopewell Frame Shop and Gallery, Hopewell, NJ
  • Prallsville Mills Invitational Art Show - Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ
  • Lambertville and the Surrounding Area 27th Annual - Coryell Gallery at the Porkyard, Lambertville, NJ
  • "Local Landscapes" (solo show) Bell's Tavern, Lambertville, NJ, 2006
  • Featured Artist (solo show) Harrison Street Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ, 2006
  • Landscape2 (2 man show), Artists' Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, 2006
  • "From Easton to Bristol, Scenes from the Valley", juried exhibtion at the Howard Gallery of Fine Art, New Hope, Pa, 2006
  • Ellarslie Open, juried exhibition at The Trenton City Museum (the Ellarslie Mansion), Trenton, NJ, 2005, 2006
  • Mercer County Artists, juried exhibition, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor NJ, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Montgomery Center for the Arts, juried exhibition at The 1860 House, Skillman, NJ, 2005, 2006
  • Artsbridge Members Show, at The Art Colony at Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ, 2005
  • Images of the Mills, Prallsville Mills in Stockon, NJ, presented by The Delaware River Mill Society 2005
  • Phillips Mill, juried art exhibtion, New Hope, Pa, 2005
Awards:
  • Lacey Family Award for small landscape in oil - 2008, Phillips Mill, New Hope, Pa.
  • Best In Show for Painting - 2006, Ellarslie Open XXIV, the Trenton City Museum in Trenton, NJ
  • 2nd Place - 2006, "From Easton to Bristol, Scenes from the Valley", juried exhibtion at the Howard Gallery of Fine Art, New Hope, Pa.
  • Purchase Award - 2005, Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission; Trenton, NJ
  • Promotion Selection Award - 2005, The Delaware River Mill Society, Stockton, NJ. The Mill Society will be using an image of my painting on notecards which will be used to help raise funds to preserve, and to raise awareness of the historic Prallsville Mills industrial complex.
  • Shaun M. Miller Memorial Award for small landscapes - 2005, Phillips Mill, New Hope, Pa.
  • Honorable Mention - 2003 Winemaker Magazine label design contest
Collections:
  • Mercer County (NJ) Cultural & Heritage Commission
  • NJ Department of Human Services
Gallery Representation:
Publications in which my work appears:
  • Fine Woodworking Design Book Four, published by The Taunton Press - a carved wooden bowl
  • "What Stinks?", a children’s book published by Darby Creek Publishing - photograph of a Harvestman spider
Organizations:
  • Board of Trustees, Artsbridge, Lambertville, NJ
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