Joel Le Bow

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During his earliest “paint mad” years in New York, the 1950’s through the early 1960’s, Le Bow was captivated by abstract expressionism. His work was widely exhibited throughout the city and the Northeast. An important influence was to know, and to be a student of Franz Kline. He learned to love paint itself, and its bold, kinetic energy… each brush stoke having its own life and movement. Knowing Benton Spruance made him aware of the power of the human figure used in an archetypal manner. Combining love of the kinetic as well as a need to involve the element of drawing in his images, a style developed that joined the abstract impact of paint itself, with possibly recognizable elements of nature, animal and human figures..

In New York, his studio was on 8th Street in Greenwich Village, five doors east of the Cedar Tavern. There, he met and conversed with many of the giants of the abstract expressionist period. Although 15-20 years younger, he absorbed the enthusiasm, the creative and the combative attitudes that impacted the art world…and Le Bow as a painter.

Over the ensuing years, his work kept some of its roots in abstract expressionism while utilizing other forms to express the human condition. Over six decades, the years as an abstract expressionist still hold a place in his current work. It now hovers between the abstract and a potential for realism, unique to each viewer. Le Bow describes his work as Abstract- Surrealism, with a mission to create visual partnerships that stir memories and feelings.

Le Bow’s works have been widely exhibited over the past sixty years and are represented in public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Japan, Russia, The People’s Republic of China, Germany, Norway, Costa Rica, and Ireland. His paintings have been seen in over 44 one person shows; 46 juried or curated exhibits; 28 selected invitational shows; and over 50 gallery group showings.

Born in New Jersey: Education: The University of Pennsylvania; The University of the Arts (then named the Museum School); The Art Students League.

Le Bow has had studios in New York, Philadelphia, Summit, NJ, Oldwick, NJ, Morristown, NJ, and Jim Thorpe, PA.