21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015 | Joseph Dolderer


Joseph Dolderer, Fumiko, oil, 24 x 20.

Joseph Dolderer, Fumiko, oil, 24 x 20.

Art Education: I studied at Studio Incamminati for four years. I owe a great debt to Nelson Shanks for all his guidance.

Style: Realism.

Creative Spark: I find endless inspiration from the world around me. The natural world is so full of beauty and endless questions. And it is the subject matter I find more compelling than all of the technical challenges and enjoyment of painting. The subject matter must be as powerful and moving to the viewer as it is to me.

Second-Choice Career: If I had to choose, it would be a scientist. Though I think every artist should be one anyway. Just ask Leonardo.

Other Passions: I am very passionate about music, particularly classical music. I very much enjoy great literature, particularly the Russian writers of the 19th century. And the natural sciences are endlessly fascinating.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I find painting very difficult, emotionally and technically. I tend to scrape passages off again and again until I feel it comes out “right.”

Best Advice Received: From Nelson Shanks: “If you have a weakness, face it head on.”

Biggest Fear: Running out of model fees.

Pet Peeve: Gum-chewing.

Quirkiest Trait: I like to use the cheapest brushes I can just to see if I can get away with it. I’m talking dollar-store economy packs. Sometimes they are as good as the more expensive brands.

Favorite Studio Music: Beethoven.

Price Range: $1,000 to $15,000.

Representation: SR Brennen Galleries, Palm Desert, CA, and Santa Fe, NM; Haynes Galleries, Nashville and Franklin, TN, and Thomaston, ME.

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