Joe Macca, born in Portland in 1970, is an American painter, whose work emphasizes color. Although his paintings are abstract in their nature, the artist considers them to be representational.
Joe Macca received his BA in Film from University of Oregon, Eugene, OR in 1992, and his MFA in Painting from Portland State University, Portland, OR in 1999. His artworks are a part of several public collections, e.g. the Foundation Capital, Menlo Park, CA; Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Opus Capital, San Francisco, CA. Color is the main element of his paintings, as is being used to express the dichotomies like the contemporary versus memory, literal versus symbolic. In his work, Macca is continuing the tradition of 20th century abstract painting, minimalism.
Inspiration comes in all forms, often from something that hasn’t got any kind of relationship with the artist. The paintings can be observed as a restricted playing field for the Macca, with their own logic, as he decides if he wants to play with that logic, or against it. His pieces are a response to the natural world, planned with care and painted with perfection. The viewers tend to get captured in these painting, trying to discover the inspiration behind them, and the message that they are carrying. As an accomplished artist with no creative problems, and as someone who knows the point of art, Macca is simply going to continue to paint and design his own world where control is often stronger than emotions.
He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.
All images courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
|2014||SHIFT- Five Decades of Contemporary California Painting||Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA||Group|
|2012||Two Man Show||Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR||Solo|
|2011||Echoes in the Ether||Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2009||MellowDrama||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2009||Whispers||Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2009||My Certain Fate||Pharmaka, LA, CA||Group|
|2008||Ship It! (Mail Art Show)||Ouch My Eye Gallery, Seattle, WA||Group|
|2008||Kinda Like a Buffet||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Group|
|2007||Slowblivion||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2007||18 Painters||Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR||Group|
|2007||Portland? Fuck Portland!||RocksBox, Portland, OR||Group|
|2006||Oxygen Paintings||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2005||Flotsam||New American Art Union, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2005||Drawing(s): 40+ artists/200works- A 25th Anniversary Exhibition||ArtGym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR||Group|
|2005||Fresh Trouble||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Group|
|2005||Drawing(s): A 25th Anniversary Exhibition||The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR||Group|
|2005||3rd Around Oregon Annual||Artcentric Arts Corvallis Art Center, OR||Group|
|2005||Next||PDX Contemporarty Art, Portland OR||Group|
|2004||The Color of Under Appreciated Things||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2004||Dialogue||Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR||Group|
|2004||Summer Group Show||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Group|
|2004||24th Annual Gender Synposium Art Exhibition||Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR||Group|
|2003||Night Paintings and I, Virus||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2003||Annual Juried Group Exhibit||Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), WA||Group|
|2001||HEDZ||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2000||Hypostatics||PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2000||Joe Macca||Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2000||10th Anniversary Group Exhibition||Gallery 114, Portland, OR||Group|
|2000||A Dealer’s Eye||Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, OR||Group|
|1999||Stripes & Atmospheres||Gallery 114, Portland, OR||Solo|
|1999||Thresholds||Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR||Solo|
|1999||Group Exhibition||Fluid Gallery, Portland, OR||Group|
|1999||Group Exhibition||Gallery 114, Portland, OR||Group|
|1998||MFA Group Exhibition||Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, OR||Group|