Joshua Hogan's series of paintings, That was the River, This is the Sea, were created from 2015 to 2016. Like the 1985 acclaimed Waterboys album, This is the Sea, Hogan’s painting process has become second nature. The forms he creates, suspended in a mythical landscape, speak to him. They tell him what to do and where to go, not only in the resulting painting but also in life. Hogan's paintings are poetic. They are intended to portray an abstracted interpretation of our natural and spiritual world in a way that emphasizes how what we create is reflected back to us. Many of his paintings have several incarnations before he feels they are complete, before the painting presents an epiphany of time and memory and the experience that brought him to now.
Pittsburgh born, Hogan received his BA in painting from Carlow College (now Carlow University). While at Carlow College, Hogan began a series of abstract paintings inspired by the program Semester at Sea. His journey to countries such as Turkey and Egypt laid the foundation for the fluid shapes he creates today. His paintings have shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, and Fallingwater. The Tower at PNC Plaza recently acquired several of his paintings for the corporate headquarters art collection. Hogan’s paintings have also appeared in several film projects including Bloodlines (TV Series), Those Who Kill (TV Series), The Perks of Being a Wall Flower (Feature Film), and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl (Feature Film). Over the past three years, Hogan’s paintings have been exhibited in Buffalo NY, Toronto Canada, Miami Beach FL, and New York City.