Joe Macca - Ratfish, 2004 (detail) - Image source Marylhurst University website

Joe Macca

United States 1970

Abstract Art, Painting

Joe Macca
Joe Macca
United States
December 26, 2015
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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.

Art by Joe Macca

Joe Macca - Untitled 073 (Black Gold-Violet-Black-Light Green), 2013 - Untitled (059), 2013
Joe Macca – Untitled 073 (Black Gold-Violet-Black-Light Green), 2013 / Untitled (059), 2013

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.

Art by Joe Macca

Joe Macca - Moth, 2008 - Red Winged Blackbird, 2008
Joe Macca – Moth, 2008 / Red Winged Blackbird, 2008

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.

Joe Macca - Untitled- Moment, 2012 - Untitled- Treasure, 2012
Joe Macca – Untitled: Moment, 2012 / Untitled: Treasure, 2012

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Joe Macca lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

All images courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014SHIFT- Five Decades of Contemporary California PaintingMonterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CAGroup
2012Two Man ShowMarylhurst University, Marylhurst, ORSolo
2011Echoes in the EtherDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2009MellowDramaPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
2009WhispersDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2009My Certain FatePharmaka, LA, CAGroup
2008Ship It! (Mail Art Show)Ouch My Eye Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2008Kinda Like a BuffetPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORGroup
2007SlowblivionPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
200718 PaintersMt. Hood Community College, Gresham, ORGroup
2007Portland? Fuck Portland!RocksBox, Portland, ORGroup
2006Oxygen PaintingsPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
2005FlotsamNew American Art Union, Portland, ORSolo
2005Drawing(s): 40+ artists/200works- A 25th Anniversary ExhibitionArtGym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, ORGroup
2005Fresh TroublePDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORGroup
2005Drawing(s): A 25th Anniversary ExhibitionThe Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, ORGroup
2005ArtSlateCondon, ORGroup
20053rd Around Oregon AnnualArtcentric Arts Corvallis Art Center, ORGroup
2005NextPDX Contemporarty Art, Portland OR Group
2004The Color of Under Appreciated ThingsPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
2004DialogueLittman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, ORGroup
2004Summer Group ShowPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORGroup
200424th Annual Gender Synposium Art ExhibitionLewis & Clark College, Portland, ORGroup
2003Night Paintings and I, VirusPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
2003Annual Juried Group ExhibitCenter on Contemporary Art (CoCA), WA Group
2001HEDZPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
2000HypostaticsPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
2000Joe MaccaGuardino Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
200010th Anniversary Group ExhibitionGallery 114, Portland, ORGroup
2000A Dealer’s EyeArt Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, ORGroup
1999Stripes & AtmospheresGallery 114, Portland, ORSolo
1999ThresholdsAutzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, ORSolo
1999Group ExhibitionFluid Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
1999Group ExhibitionGallery 114, Portland, ORGroup
1998MFA Group ExhibitionAutzen Gallery, Portland State University, ORGroup