ABOUT THE ARTIST
Contemporary Artist Joe Dea (pronounced Day) was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Currently Dea lives and creates his digital paintings in West Hollywood, Ca & Las Cruces, NM.
Dea has created poster art for the New York City Ballet and Discovery Channel Films. In 2008 he designed the poster art for Werner Herzog's Oscar nominated Encounters at the End of the World. His video art has exhibited in NYC at the prestigious Kitchen Gallery, Global Village and Anthology Film Archives, also in San Francisco at The Optic Nerve. One of his pieces, Two Triple Cheese Side Order of Fries, is included in the NY Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art permanent video collection.
As an early pioneer of music video, he conceptualized, designed and directed more than thirty videos, five of these are included in Rolling Stone Magazine's All-Time Top 100 Videos.
Working as a TV director Dea has created hundreds of hours of television and won four Emmys.
In 2009 Dea was a co-host on the History Channel series What Went Down.
Fueled by his passion for painting and art, Joe combines his cinematic technique and computer design expertise to create arresting digitally hand painted digital paintings on canvas (giclees.) His primary tools are Photoshop and a Wacom tablet & stylus incorporating various artificial intelligence image generators.
The artist talks about his process:
"I am obsessed with experimentation, my goal is to go where no digital artist has gone before. When I begin a painting I never know where I am going but I always know when I get there."
Dea describes his style as Cyberdelic Impressionism.
Dea has exhibited in shows at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Museum of Neon Art.
Dea is also a portrait artist.