The Rest is Silence

In the tradition of the Vanitas paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, this work encapsulates the transient and temporary nature of popular culture and earthly pursuits, and ultimately life.

About Joe Black

Joe Black’s work is the vanguard of the current Pop Art movement. He describes his works as “revealing the unexpected” as they are viewed both from a distance and up close to make the ordinary extraordinary. Black combines his natural craft skills with a love of materials - many of which are recognizable everyday objects - to create portraits and abstract works. Using a laborious technique of hand painting and altering each tiny object to give gentle lines and shading to his subjects, Black has pioneered an elaborate new form of pixilation that he uses to hide subtle implications within each of his images. This is perhaps best illustrated by his use of 5,500 plastic toy soldiers in his depiction of Robert Capa’s iconic boy soldier piece Made in China (2011).

British, b. 1973

Solo Shows on Artsy

Joe Black - Sum of its Parts, Opera Gallery, Paris
Readymade, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong

Group Shows on Artsy

britARTnia, Opera Gallery, London