Two Horses, 1
By Joe Andoe
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Edition size: 133
Sheet size: 43 inches point to point inches
Price: $2400 (excl. taxes)
Two Horses, 1
Joe Andoe (1955)
12-color silkscreen on Coventry white vellum, 375 gsm
43 inches point-to-point (109 cm)
Edition of 133
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
Joe Andoe (American, b. 1955)
Joe Andoe was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1955. He graduated with an MFA from the University of Oklahoma Norman, OK in 1981. Andoe's work is instantly recognizable, as his world of light versus dark carves out an image of substance from absence. His use of monochromatic earth-colors reduces Andoe’s images to next to nothing. Joe Andoe explains, "I want to reduce images to their blueprint." Andoe strives for an utter distillation of image, ground, and color in his work. Not surprisingly, his inventory of subjects remains basic: horns, wreaths, candles, flowers, cornstalks, trees, cattle, buffaloes, lambs, sheep, and horses.
Mentally prepared, but without a preparatory design, he begins with a blank canvas. He applies a layer of gesso to the canvas. Once the gesso has dried, he uses a palette knife to apply a thin layer of oil paint, building up the layers in certain places, and leaving other places with only a thin wash of color. His technique of applying paint and then wiping it away blurs the contours of his figures. Glimpsed quickly, the soft monochrome lines of his canvases suggest cozy snapshots from the late 1960s or early 1970s. Andoe is bent on creating pared-down, timeless, and generic images.
Joe Andoe has been exhibiting worldwide for over twenty years. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He also wrote a book, “Jubilee City: A Memoir at Full Speed", published by William Morrow.