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Meet Joseph Tate

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Tate, the artist known as Joe Black.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
It’s really just a simple one. I started in middle school and continued throughout high school. I don’t even remember choosing art as a class in middle school, it was just fate. I was drawn to art, visual arts because it was something I saw I was good at something you know, and it was recognized by my family and friends. I did a semester at the art institute which was eye opening to life as a young man transitioning to adulthood. I had to push myself to get up early, and get to class on time. The time of having adult supervision in my life was over. It was tough having to discontinue my education for various reasons but I never stopped creating, and that really sustained me. So a few years passed and now it’s 2015 and I decide I want to start sharing my work in a bigger way. So I sought out different ways I could do this and I start showing my work around town at local art shows and I haven’t stopped since.

Please tell us about your art.
I create because I can. I don’t mean to sound cocky but I’m confident in my work and craft. I love doing what I do and I have ever since I started back in the 7th grade. I create for that shared feeling of joy… like when you are showing a piece of work, then a person comes up to you with a huge smile and says ‘yo that’s dope. I’ve never seen anything like it before, thank you.’ I love to pull ideas and concepts from love, the city I live in, friends, family, etc. I do what I do because it’s what’s in me and it’s what I’m channeling at that time. My style is so open. One minute I’ll be online drawing, the next abstract oil painting, and after that maybe semi-realistic portraits all in one sitting. I was once told by my art teacher that I can turn anything into my own thing. My style is my own, and that’s what I try to share through my work as well, the different parts of me at that time.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
The one and only thing I would stress is never stop perfecting and learning your craft. Try and learn different mediums. Have no fear! I also wish that early on I would have made more connections and built a network of friends/mentors/fellow artist to attend shows with and learn from. Last, if you can save…save! Shop for the best deals. Know that anything can be made into a canvas.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a few shows coming up in the spring and summer, in addition to being part of RAW Artist collective. I’ll be at the following shows and welcome you to come by and experience my art and connect with me.

  1. Tacos & Art Show.
  2. Pancakes and Booze Art Show – a 2-night event.
  3. La Bulla presented by Antonio Pelayo Productions.

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Image Credit:
Paul Herbert, Narek Petrosyan

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