My works are peopled with Men of Consequence, Shadow people, Battlers and Diggers. As Michelangelo once said, the greatest object in Art is Man. I paint them in a whimsical manner and the best medium for this is watercolour. I’m otherwise known (AKA) as Joel Artos, Brad Joe and Joe Mayo.
I”m a full time artist. Painter, Illustrator and Printmaker. I studied fine arts briefly so basically I’m a self taught artist. I started working as a cartoonist at 16. Me and my wife with our 5 children migrated to Australia from the Philippines in 1980 and settled in the western suburb of Melbourne. I have not experienced to work in any other trade except to draw and paint. With my wife working full time in support of my career, we were able to survive and put the children to school. I like to paint people in whimsical and loose style as I do not want to miss the joy of creating. I enjoy painting likenesses of people but not necessarily portraits as I wanted to paint people as I want to portray them. I mainly exhibit my works at Rotary or other group shows around the country where I have gathered over 150 arts awards and commendations. My favorite subjects are the battlers, swaggies and shadow people adding human interest to them to engage the viewers. To date, I have shown 15 solo exhibitions.
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