(b. 1968, USA)
Joey Brock is a mixed media visual artist whose work is anchored in abstract expressionism influenced by urban and natural landscapes, street art and graphic, minimalist forms. Brock currently lives in Dallas, TX, where he completed an Associate of Applied Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising.
Inspired by the events of daily life he creates a playful narrative reflecting his perceptions, emotions and visualizations of the modern world represented with a touch of sarcasm and whimsy. Despite the work being abstract in form & autobiographical in nature his narratives still remain relatable to many. These musings are realized by the manner in which his paintings are assembled and by the titles of the work. The paintings do not necessarily resemble the narrative figuratively but a metaphoric representation of his thoughts, color choices and composition.
His spontaneous brush stokes, line drawing, mark-making and photographic images remain signatures of his work. Brock’s process combines various media which creates textural surfaces juxtaposed with a translucent, ethereal quality. There is a layering to his paintings that push the boundaries of the materials while deliberately hiding some elements to reveal others. The choice to stitch the surfaces together with cotton embroidery thread was deliberate but also a necessary function architecturally due to the translucency of some materials. His methodology for graphic construction and use of negative space gives the work objectivity as if floating in the frame. Brock’s mixed media paintings encompass a beautiful sensibility, Japanese elegance and an intuitive sense of placement.