Welcome To Cascadia
Artwork by Joel Barber
Joel Barber is a technician, striving to be expressive. Academic training and decades of creative DIY experimentation have provided him with a broad range of artistic disciplines including technical drawing and illustration, studio painting, printmaking, airbrush and masking. Joel thrives in the creation process, exploring the use of materials and methods of execution, while developing his own visual language.
"I'm intrigued by the balance between surface treatment and the content of the piece. I want evolved images that are both expressive and narrative."
Welcome To Cascadia is inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock prints, Science-Fiction, disaster dreams and volcanos of the Pacific Northwest. (Raptor birds perch quietly as Hood and St. Helens erupt.) Barber paints narrative moments with familiarity that pull from a broad visual spectrum, balancing gestural brush strokes and paint application, with contemporary influences such as urban design and graffiti art.
“At it’s simplest, I wanted to draw our volcanos exploding everywhere; however, it turned into a collection of serene and quiet scenes in the midst of destruction and cataclysmic events. I think subconscious metaphors work their way into everything.”