Joe Koll



Joe was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1987 where he lives and works today. Born to a photographer and an art teacher, he enjoyed exposure to the art world from an early age. While initially showing a passion for observational drawing and sketching, he pursued an academic route in education - enrolling in a course of Japanese and cultural studies aged 18. Studying in Osaka however, he discovered and took up classes in the brush painting technique of Sumi-E, a medium that would engross and inspire him to pursue a career as an artist.

 Returning from Japan with a plethora of photographs, drawings and ink paintings he began to print and cut out sections, experimenting by mixing them together. Inspired by an intense dream in 2010, he made his first all paper collage - an image composed from personally taken photographs and cuttings from magazines and books. He then became primarily focused on this medium, all following works being built from hand-torn or blade cut pieces of paper, sometimes in relief. While his earlier works from this period are quite carefully planned images, more recent creations are noticeably more chaotic and abstract constructions. Artists who have influenced his works over the years include Miro, Bosch, Pollock, and Escher.

 Believing that visual art speaks for itself and transcends verbal description, Joe does not attempt to convey clarity of meaning alongside the majority of his pieces, instead preferring the viewer to draw a personal reaction.

Having participated in illustration work for books, exhibitions and local commissions he is currently focused on setting up shop in Newcastle.


INSTAGRAM: @joekollart