Joe Andoe (American)
Born 1955, Tulsa, OK
Lives and works in New York, NY
Joe Andoe is a New York-based painter, renowned for his minimal landscapes and dream-like depictions of horses, deer, dogs, buffalo, wolves, and flowers. His elegantly simplified images of animals and landscapes reference his roots in the Great Plains. Beginning with a blank canvas, he applies a layer of gesso to the canvas. Once the gesso has dried, he applies paint, incising the outlines of his subjects. He then wipes away some of the wet paint, leaving built-up washes of color.
Andoe strives for an utter distillation of image, ground, and color in his work. He is bent on creating pared-down, timeless, and generic pictures; an attitude that extends to his use of a monochromatic, earth-colored ground. Andoe explains, By using earth colors, I further distill my images to next to nothing. I tend to economize. I want to reduce images to their blueprint.
Joe Andoe’s works have been featured in exhibits internationally and also in numerous museums, including the Denver Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.