Joe Coleman, ‘Maison Joie’, 1976, Doyle
Joe Coleman, ‘Maison Joie’, 1976, Doyle
Joe Coleman, ‘Maison Joie’, 1976, Doyle
Joe Coleman, ‘Maison Joie’, 1976, Doyle

Framed: 16 x 19 3/4.

One of the most genre-defying artists in Contemporary Art, Joe Coleman came to prominence in the 80s’ East Village scene through confrontational performance pieces as well as intricately detailed Bosch-inspired paintings. Somewhat unfairly linked with Outsider Art and the Lowbrow scene, Coleman is an arcane storyteller of American folklore and urban legends.

An early work dating from 1976, “Maison Joie” is a seminal look at the often grotesque world of Joe Coleman’s art. In a scene somewhat resembling “the Deuce” that was still in full swing pre-Times Square Disneyfication, Coleman shows a kinship with Underground Comix artists like R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. —Courtesy of Doyle

Image rights: Courtesy of Doyle

Joe Coleman, Cosmic Retribution: The Infernal Art of Joe Coleman, Seattle, Fantagraphics Books Inc., 1992, p. 104, illus.

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