Joel Soiseth has been an art professor at MSU-Northern for 26 years. His teaching responsibilities include drawing, painting, illustration, graphic design, photography and art history. Before that he taught at Mayville State College in North Dakota and worked in commercial art. He holds a bachelor degree in psychology and an MFA from the University of North Dakota.
He states, "I spend as much time in the studio as a my teaching schedule allows and over the past few years have devoted most of my efforts to oil painting, a medium I am quite fond of for its versatility and richness of color. I paint largely in a traditional manner with a concentration in the past few years on the human form. I am very grateful for the wonderful, patient and cooperative models I have had over the years. I do a great deal of my work in Pershing Hall, the building in which I teach and occasionally paint with my classes.
"Some of my artwork has been directly influenced by historical works. I was especially inspired and fascinated by Jan Van Eyck, the early 'surrealist' Hieronymus Bosch, the later Surrealist movement and the 'dark manner' of artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Caravaggio. In my work I do strive to depict things that are somewhat conventionally beautiful, but have an aura of strangeness, mystery and a slight evocation of unease... edginess."
When: January 13 to February 28, 2014. The gallery is open from 9am to 9pm weekdays and is closed weekends and college holidays.
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