ABOUT


From December, 1975 through June, 2010, I was employed as an art instructor with the Hackensack Public School System. Loving my job as teacher and mentor, I spent thrity-five years focusing much of my energy inspiring young artists ages five to eighteen. It was an amazing journey. Afterwards, I spent another two semesters at the P.I. Art Center in Fort Lee, NJ working with International students and adults.


Since retirement, I have decided to continue my journey with a shift, which allows me more time to focus on integrating my studio time, gallery shows and private teaching. I was formerly represented by Agora Gallery in NYC.

ARTIST STATEMENT



Being creative can seem daunting in a world that values logic over imagination, practicality over dreaming.  In my work I love to experiment and play, to mix it all up. “Play is not the antithesis of something that is important!  To have playful thinking requires a sense of lightness and fluidity.”
Since most of my current work is mixed media, I usually start my work through drawing and mark-making, but ultimately add paint, collage, and any unusual, non-traditional materials that I am drawn to at the moment of creation.  This is usually followed by a ripping, tearing, scratching, pouring, splattering, deconstructive frenzy.  Eventually, I become immersed in the piece and begin building it back up with layers of texture.  I enjoy watching one medium spontaneously react to another.  Choosing between chaos and control as my hand hovers over a canvas is an exciting place to be.  Recently, I have allowed my work to rest here, completed, in a genre I call, “Organic Series”.
Should subject matter begin to surface, it is 99.9% figurative.   At this point in time, the majority of my portfolio consists of “Figurative Works”.  Interpreting and manipulating the human form is what excites me and fuels my spirit to create.  I love to juxtapose unrelated images that I invite to work together through theme, color, placement and composition.  Because these images that inspire me come from very different sources and experiences, I like to call this process of combining them, “Recycled Consciousness.”  Never losing sight of the initial pencil marks, which are important to me, I often strive to have some remain in the finished piece.  Like doodles in a sketchbook, they evoke the same spontaneous quality that I enjoy.  Since I have always loved the feeling and emotion of Edward Hopper’s paintings; the random slices of time, frozen and isolated, my work subconsciously takes on that trait. 

I love the journey my art takes me on.  Regardless of subject matter or not, I love to present works with open-ended narratives.  This allows the viewers to establish their own relationships and to create their own dialogue based on the information that I provide for them.

Please enjoy them.

Joe LaMattina
Artist @joelamattina.com
201.446.7023

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Born 
Hackensack, NJ, February 25, 1953


Selected Exhibits

* Juried Exhibit, "State of the Art 2019", Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ, June-Augst 2019

*  Selected Artist" "Language Project", Metuchen Downtown Alliance, Metuchen, NJ, June-October 2019, Adirondack Chair Design 

*  Juried Show: "Heroin & Opioid Art Exhibition" , The Gateway Project Spaces, Newark, NJ, April/May, 2019
* Invitational "Three Artists/Three Perspectives" Show: HACPAC, Hackensack, NJ, June-July 2019
*  Invitational Exhibition: "Outside, Looking In" Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, NJ, June-October, 2019
*  Juried Show: "Walk in Our Shoes", A fundraiser for PFLAG, Outside In Gallery, Piermont, NY, September 2019, (Donation)
*  Juried Show: "New Horizons Art Exhibit/The Bluefield Artists, Greenwich Botanical Center Gallery, Cos Cob, CT, April 2019
*  Juried Show: "Black History Celebrations" celebrated at The Cultural Arts Center, Jersey City, NJ, February 2019
* Mixed Media Art Group Exhibition, Nanuet Library, Nanuet, NY, January/ February 2019
* Selected art work to appear in the opera: "Gorky's Dream Garden", based on the life of artist, Arshile Gorky. Opening at Lincoln Center, NYC January 2019
* Juried Show: "350th Anniversary Celebration" Woodbridge Public Library, Woodbridge, NJ  December 2018
* Invitational Exhibition: "Small Works", Atelier Rosal Gallery, Rahway, NJ, November/ December 2018
* "TOGETHER", a 2 Person Show, Nyack Library, Nyack, NY, November 2018 
*Juried Exhibition: "Inside Small", The Outside In Gallery, Piermont NY, November/December 2018
*  Juried Exhibit: "The Inaugural Exhibition", the new Studio Montclair @ KW, Montclair, NJ, September 2018
*Juried Exhibition: "Doors",Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, NJ, September-December 2018
* Juried Exhibition: "Animals Wild & Winsome", Nails in the Wall Gallery, a Ministry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Metuchen, NJ, September-December, 2018
* Juried Artist:  Artist of the Month, August 2018, CF Alliance
* Juried Show, "The Earth Speaks", The Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ, August 4th-26th 2018
* Juried Show: "Quintet", The Corner Frame Shop, Nyack, NY, August, 2018
* Juried Shw: "Layers of Abstraction", Atelier Rosal Gallery, Rahway, NJ June-August 2018
* Juried Show: "Linkage: 2 Degrees of Separation", HACPAC, Hackensack, NJ, June/July 2018, Curator & Artist
*Solo Show: "Summer Art Series", Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ, June/July 2018
* Juried Exhibit: :Tattooed", Atelier Rosal Gallery, Rahway, NJ, April-June 2018
* "Denim", a show by The Bluefield Artists, Volition Gallery, Orangeburg, NY, April 2018
*Juried Exhibit:  "State of the Art 2018", Academy Square Galleries, Montclair, NJ, February/April 2018
*Juried Show: "Punk Rock and Politics" Lake Como, NJ, December 2017
* Juried Show: "Celebrate", 20th Anniversary Celebration", moves to the opening of Studio Montclair, Inc Gallery,  Dec.' 17-Jan. '18
*Juried Exhibit: "Surrender To Small", Volition Gallery, Bel-ans Center of Creative arts, Orangeburg, NY, November 12, 2017-January 5, 2018
* The Bergen County 53rd Annual Art in The Park, Van Saun Park, Paramus, NJ, October 14, 2017
*Juried Exhibit: "Celebrate", SMI Studo Montclair 20th Anniversary Celebration, Montclair, NJ Public Library Gallery, November 2-29th, 2017
* Juried Exhibit: "Paint Your Pain", Healing Arts and The Pain Management Center at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, Bouras Art Gallery, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ, October '17 - January '18, 1ST Place
*Solo Show, "Side By Side", Atrium Gallery, 4th Floor, Morristown NJ, September 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018
* Juried Show: "Warrior Women", The Gallery at The Hive, Chester, NJ, September 2017
*"15th" Annual Bergen County Juried Senior Show": Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ July/August, 2017 ( 2nd Place/Painting)
* "Unnatural Election" moves to Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ September- November 2017
•"Unnatural Election" moves to CUNY, NYC, Fall 2017
*"Unnatural Election" moves to Green Bee Studios, Anchorage, Alaska, June 2017
*Juried Show: “Unnatural Election": Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election.  Kimmel Galleries, NYC, January – February 2017
•Juried Exhibit: “State of the Art 2017”, SMI Galleries@ Academy Square, Montclair, NJ, February~ April 2017
•Solo Show, “Abstract Organics”, Lena DiGangi Gallery, Totowa, NJ thru December 2016 through January 2017
•“Postcards from the Edge”, benefitting Visual AIDS, exhibition and auction at Metro Pictures, NYC, January 13-15, 2017 
•Solo Show:  “Yale Alumni”, Paterson, NJ, December 2016
•Juried Exhibit: “Nature” Sponsored by Zufall Art and Health Program, Dover, NJ, November- December 2016
•Solo Show, Hanover Township Town Hall, Whippany, NJ, November through December, 2016
•“Restoration”, Bluefield Artists Group Show, Volition Gallery, Orangeburg, NY, October 2016
•The Bergen County 52nd Annual Art In The Park, Van Saun Park, Paramus, NJ, October 15, 2016
•Juried Exhibit: “Art VOTES: Visualizing the Democratic Process”, Gallery Bergen, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ, Sept.- Nov., 2016
•14th Annual Bergen County Juried Senior Show, ACNNJ, New Milford, NJ, July/August 2106
•Juried Exhibit: “Summertime” Sponsored by Zufall Art and Health Program, Dover, NJ, June~ September 2016
•Juried Exhibit:  “Rockland Center for the Arts, Benefitting VCS Gay Pride
•Rockland”, West Nyack, NY, June 2016
•Juried Exhibit: CAT Walk Art Exhibition, Hackensack, NJ, June 2016
•Potluck Slideshow, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, May 2016
•“Wildflowers” of Princeton Junction, NJ  “Flowers”, solo show, April / June 2016
•Juried Exhibit: “15th Biennial Fire Island Pines Art Show”, FIP, NY, August 2015
•Juried Exhibit: “2015 Summer Exhibition”  Torche’ Galerie, Belmar, NJ July / September 2015
•“13th Annual Bergen County Juried Senior Show”: Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ July/ August 2015
•Juried Exhibit: “Rockland Center for the Arts, Benefitting VCS Gay Pride Rockland”, West Nyack, NY, June 2015
•Lundbeck Research USA, Inc., Paramus, NJ, solo exhibit, June 2015
•Juried Exhibit: “2015 Winter Show”  Torche’ Galerie, Belmar, NJ,
•January/ February 2015
•“Holiday Small Works ’14”, Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ,         December 2014
•“Series”, Lena Di Gangi Gallery, Totowa, NJ, September 2014
•Juried Exhibit: “2014 Summer Exhibition” Torche’ Galerie, Belmar, NJ, July / August 2014
•Juried Exhibit: “Samesex”, City Lights Gallery, CT, June 2014
•Juried Exhibit: “Rockland Center for the Arts, Benefitting VCS Gay Pride Rockland”, West Nyack, NY, June 2014
•Juried Exhibit, “Holiday Salon Show”, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn NY, December 2013
•Juried Exhibit: “Round Hole-Square Peg” Queer Identity in the New Millinnieum~ Smart Clothes Gallery, NYC, August 2013
•Juried Exhibit: “14th Biennial Fire Island Pines Art Show”, FIP, NY, August 2013
•Juried Exhibit: “Rockland Center for the Arts, Benefitting VCS Gay Pride Rockland”, West Nyack, NY, June 2013
•“Statements from my Soul”, Lena DiGangi Gallery, Totowa, NJ,
•solo exhibit, December 2012 / January 2013
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “November 2012” show
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “FEAR Vl” show, October 2012
•“The Resurrection Show”, GAGA Arts Center, Garnersville, NY, 
•October 2012
•www.Projekt30.com> Juried into the “October 2012” show
•“Awakenings”, Lena Di Gangi Gallery, Totowa, NJ, October 2012
•www.Projekt30.com> Juried into the “September 2012” show

•www.Projekt30.com> Juried into “The Voyeur and the Scopophobe” show,    August 2012
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “August 2012” show
•“FETE: A solo show celebrating “My Facebook Artists” Documentary Series produced by Carlos Valentin, Director of The Uncanny Works.  Michael Mut Gallery, NYC, July 2012
•Juried Exhibit: “Rockland Center for the Arts, Benefitting VCS Gay Pride Rockland”, West Nyack, NY, June 2012
•www.Projekt30.com> Juried into the “June 2012” show
•www.Projekt30.com> Juried into the “May 2012” show
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “WHITE” show, April 2012
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the ‘April 2012” show
•“Groundbreaking: Factory” Figment: Safe Harbor Studio, SOHO NYC, April 2012
•“Metamorphosis”, Clearview Cinema, Chelsea, NYC, April 2012
•”Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church”, Leslie-Lohman Gallery, NYC,                                 March/April 2012
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “March 2012” show
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into “The Sex Issue~ Volume 7” show, February 2012
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “February 2012” show
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “January 2012” show
•www.ProjeKt30.com> Juried into the “December 2011” show
•www.ProjeKt30.com > Juried into the “Melancholy: at the Bottom of Everything…Forever “ show, December 2011 
•“Visions”, Clearview Cinema, Chelsea, NYC, December 2011
•“Street Art Showcase”, artwork projected on public buildings throughout
•Toronto, Canada, September 2011
•Lundbeck Research USA, Inc., Paramus, NJ, solo exhibit, August 2011
•“Art & Music”, Alpha Fusion, Chelsea, NYC, solo exhibit, June/July 2011
•“Union Show” 9 West 20th Street Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, March 2011
•Bergen Community College, NJ, solo exhibit, January/February 2011
•“The Odyssey Within” Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, December 2010
•“Enchanted” Saddle River Cultural Center, NJ, August 2009
•Bergen Community College, NJ, May/June 2009
•“4 Seasons” Nanuet Library, NY, December 2008  
•Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, June 2008
•Newark Museum, NJ, Four-person invitational printmaking exhibition, 1981
•Printmaking Council of NJ, on-going exhibits throughout 1975-1982


Education

William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
•BA - Art Education 1975
•MA - Visual Arts/Printmaking 1979


Grants

*New Jersey Teacher Association, in conjunction with The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, June 2008, painting 

*Transformamtions Gallery, Metuchen NJ, to repurpose a historic door to be permanently displayed on their grounds/Art in Public Spaces, Theme: "DOORS"

* Metuchen Downtown Alliance, to assemble and paint an Adirondack Chair created from wooden palettes with a  theme depicting cultural diversity.


Publications

*"ARTisSpectrum", Volume 24, November 2010

*May in Montclair", 2017 Calendar of Events

*"Round Hole/Square Peg~ |#BDBEB6", at the Smart Clothes Gallery, NYC

*"Mascular Magazine", Issue #19/ Winter 2017, Theme: HOME

*"Mascular Magazine", Issue #20/Spring 2017.
Theme: PARTY

*"Mascular Magazine", Issue #22/Autumn 2017, Theme: LEATHER

*"Macular Magazine", Issue #25/Winter 2019. Theme: MOTION


Donated Works

* "Bondage & Bandaids”
Donated to: Trinity Place Shelter
Event: "Light Up Their Night", an evening to Benefit NYC's Homeless LGBTQ Youth. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NYC 2012

* “Hope…Healing…Optimism…” 
Donated to: to GMHC and A.R.E.A. Silent Auction. Elmo’s, NYC 2011

* “Undefined Conduits”, 
Donated to: To GLAAD OUT AUCTION, Silent Auction. Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC 2011

* “Just Before the Storm”
Donated to: Hackensack Blue and Gold Scholarship Foundation
Event: A Taste of Hackensack, May, 2013

* AIDS Service Center NYC, Invitational Exhibit/Fundraiser 
Unmask AIDS Gala, NYC, October 28, 2013

* “Cruising” 
Donated to:  “Boxed In”~ an art auction supporting Autism Healing, Awareness and Service Dogs. 2013

* “AIDSMASK NYC”, ASCNYC, “Positive Change” mask event 2014

*Two Mini-Paintings...benefitting a fundraising drive for VCS Inc. of Rockland County, NY~ a family service agency with an anti-racist, social justice mission. 2014

* Two Mini-Paintings… “Art for ALD Project”, proceeds going to the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation…a 501 (C), (3) organization. 2014

* “Recline & Reflect” Donated to: "Team Friends In Deed", benefitting GMHC, AIDS WALK NYC 2014 

 * “When Two Worlds Collide”...Donated to silent auction benefitting: The Fire Island Pines Foundation, NY July 2016

* “Alphabet Series A #20”, Donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, September 2016

* “Postcards from the Edge” benefitting AIDS NYC, December 2016

* "Flow", Farm to Tray, A Sustainable Food Event benefitting Holy Apostles Food Kitchen , NYC, May 2017

* "Lavender Dot"  Donated to "Roar, at Central Park Zoo", NYC, benefitting: Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, NYC, May, 2017

*  Montclair New Art Gallery/ Postcards! December, 2017

*  Painted Denim Jacket, benefitting The Bluefield Artist Group, "DENIM Art Show", Volition Gallery, Orangeburg, NY, April 2018

* "The Grass is Always Greener", Farm to Tray, A Sustainable Food Event benefitting Holy Apostles Food Kitchen, NYC, May 2018

* Painted Shoes a donation to, "Walk in Our Shoes" a fundraiser for PFLAG, Outside In Gallery, Piermont, NY, September 2019

* "X Marks the Spot", Farm to Tray, a Sustainable Food Event benefitting Holy Apostles Food Kitchen, NYC, May 2019

* "Wintr Solstice", benefitting the family of a fallen Rockland County, NY Police Officer. May 2019


Film

* “Facebook Artists”, Director: Carlos A.Valentin, The Uncanny Works
http://youtu.be/OxNVYZQjJ3M