A friend and fellow blogger (Hi, Bruce!) sent me this artist, and I fell instantly in love. Meet Joe Coffey. His work is a perplexing mix of animal and people portraits, and he’s equally skilled at both. That’s really unusual!
Coffey’s works are in large format, ranging from 3 to 6+ feet. Primarily featuring photo-realistic subjects on abstract backgrounds, there’s something intense and immensely satisfying about Coffey’s paintings. His subjects all seem to be entirely themselves. Their expressions are frank and unapologetic; even the animals seem to be issuing a sort of challenge. “This is me. Deal with it.”
“[As a child] My best friends were the farm animals I would meet on my walks. 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…”
All images property of Joe Coffey.