Joseph Schwartzman

Joseph Schwartzman

I am an artist living in Montreal. I began painting in the early '80s when I was living in Vancouver. I was always interested in art but it took me a while to go for it myself. I went to study Fine Art at the University of British Columbia.

I have always been fascinated with space. I find it just incredible that we have those images from the Hubble telescope. But I do love the grace and beauty of ballet so it was natural that I would find a way to join these beautiful gifts.

I also love painting people. Sometimes it has been people in my life and more recently I come across a moment in a show which moves me. I take these moments and turn them into art.

I have lived a varied and sometimes difficult life. These ups and down and struggles are what make us who we are. They give us depth and they give us vision. Over time my vision has changed. I used to be more painterly in my art. My paintings have reflected a mystical streak. While I don't care for organized religion I am deeply spiritual. I do want this to come through in my paintings as this is the essence of who we are, of who I am.

When a body moves in harmony with the gasses in a nebula in stunning colours then I feel that this is coming from my heart. Similarly when I do achieve this essence in a portrait then I feel that I am reaching the spirit of the person, but even more that I am expressing the depth of humanity, of the humanity of the subject at that moment.

I was away from painting for a few years while I started a family. Now that I am back I feel that I have learned a great amount and learned to express more deeply. My style has become more refined as I work with more blending of the oils on the canvas.

I have work which I will put here eventually from an earlier period. The paintings are larger but they have a similar inspiration for the wonders of the universe and in some small way they want to explore our place here.

They are called the Hubble series. I suppose I will place them in their own category.

Meanwhile, I live here in Montreal with my son who is in school. I suffer and love as most of you do. I pray that I can reach a few of you and that some will buy my work in print or even buy a few originals.

I will be so grateful if this succeeds. I had given up trying to sell but it was always in the back of my mind. Yes, I have sold to a couple of people. They loved what they bought. Thankfully I have photos that can be made into prints. I made one for myself and I was so grateful to have a copy for myself.

I bought a good printer but it only prints up to 8.5 x 11 which gives a print of 8 x 10. So you are better off buying from Artpal. I see that they offer high-quality papers and inks. Imagine my joy at sharing them. It opens my heart.

Ballerinas and figures in nebulas


The Hubble Series

Digital flower art