Taking his cues from the likes of Richard Diebenkorn, Nicola Simbari and Southwest master Walt Gonske, Mota approaches his canvas with speed and abandon like the impressionists and expressionists of the mid-century. His subjects are whatever interests him that day: a view of the mesa near his Arizona home, the rabbits, donkeys, cows or songbirds near his home and the fruit or flowers laid out the night before. It doesn’t matter, whatever gets the most attractive light that day gets captured for posterity.
He’s a self-taught and unassuming mid-thirties journeyman. There’s not a lot of flash in his personal style or in the work. The art, like himself is honest and direct. He approaches drawing and painting like a job, showing up every day and just does the work. He is, to quote an oft-quoted inventor, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.
And today, Joseph Mota* is joining Soicher Marin’s team of licensed creators to form a collection of giclee on canvas and paper for release this Summer 2022. The collection will span the range of Mota’s characters, still life and landscapes. Explosively colorful and wonderfully whimsical. It is like nothing else in the Soicher Marin library.
*“Joseph Mota” is the “nom de plume” of a well-established painter whose work (under his real name) is sought after and established within the gallerist world. The artist agreed to allow the reproduction of his works in a manner that will not conflict with his existing market. We promised to do so, and so was born, a man of painterly mystery: Joseph Mota.