Fleming’s paintings have a decidedly sculptural pull, representing the artist’s experimentation with form, texture, materiality, perspectival confusion and possibility. Fleming employs industrial polycarbonate – altering his surfaces that contribute a screen-like translucency and allow for the interplay of light and shadows. Fleming juxtaposes gestural abstraction with graphic silhouettes of colour. The transparency of the polycarbonate intensifies the viewer’s experience, dissolving the boundary between where the painting ends and the wall begins.
Joe Fleming has exhibited internationally for over 15 years with recent solo exhibitions in Singapore, Toronto, Calgary and in New York City at Mike Weiss Gallery. He has lectured at various universities in Canada, the United States and South East Asia since 1993. His paintings are included in many public and private collections such as: BMO Financial Group, Trimark Mutual Funds, Honeywell Bull, Princewaterhouse Coopers (Malaysia), HSBC Bank, Australian High Commission, Canadian High Commission (Kuala Lumpur), the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Museum of Civilization (Hull, Quebec) and the Holocaust Museum (LA). Fleming has participated in many international art fairs: Rogue Wave and Art Stage (Singapore), FIAC (Paris), Arte Cologne (Germany), Scope (New York and Miami), Papier (Montreal) and TIAF (Toronto). In 2009 Fleming’s work was included in Carte Blanche 2: Painting – a survey of new Canadian painting ( The Magenta Foundation) and 60 Painters exhibition in Canada. Fleming has received recognition for his work in numerous publications such as: Design Lines Magazine, Azure Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Now Magazine, CBC, Chelsea Now and The Wallstreet Journal Magazine. Joe Fleming lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
“Fleming uses construction scraps and found objects to create short but very thick pile-ups that leap off the wall. Then he slathers his hoardings with gobs and bucket wallops of candy bright paint. Weirdly, this messy sounding scheme results in works that betray a ruined elegance, the allure of the dishevelled (what is known in club culture as being a “hot mess”) – all of which makes me suspect that despite the outward slap-dash action, Fleming is a highly calculating painter.” R.M. Vaughan June 23, 2012
interview with Studio Beat
Reviews 2014: Suckerpunch, solo exhibition @ Mike Weiss Gallery NYC
For CV refer to joefleming.com