Clients: Roy Garcia III, Canna Art, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Zpextre, Dog Town Skateboards, Moez Solis for The Mentor, Katie Swenson Poppinga, Alan Kasameyer, Louise Nicoll, Joe Clark, Ruth Pierich, The Tin Shed, Circle-A Skateboards, Indigo Dragon, Valis of Trip Inside This House & More.
Member of: Lahaina Arts Society
(Aug 2015 – Aug 2016)
Art Teacher for:
Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation
(Oct 2019 – Jan 2020)
Independence High School AP Art Program
(Nov – Dec 2019)
Portland Parks & Recreation
(April 2017 – May 2018)
Lahaina Arts Association
(Aug 2015 – June 2016)
Worked for: Paul J Gonzalez Art as a Mural Painter
(Nov 2019 – June 2019)
The Fine Arts & Illustration of Joseph Demaree
To create a picture for the mind’s eye to swim in. The visions have always relayed their stories to Joseph Demaree’s imagination. Do you hear the wind’s song? See the cloud’s tale? This push and pull move us to yet another act. The past, present and future conduct each and every element of Nowism. To play within the physical, non physical, timelessness. An Idiomism: A characteristic mode of expression in music or art. As words and time allow groups to establish a popularized perspective. What is the current state of Art? A naked understanding can be dressed up as you please.
Joseph Demaree grew up in San Jose, CA. He attended the San Francisco Academy of Art (1997-2003). Demaree would tour through the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Japan with many diverse musical projects, ultimately leading to a music and art show know as “The Unit Breed” (1998-2009). He relocated to Portland, OR in 2004. He moved to St. John USVI, moved back to Portland, OR then traveled throughout Mexico. He moved back to San Jose, CA where he created “Welcome Back!”: a cable access TV show (2010-2011). He relocated to Encinitas, Ranchita & Oceanside, CA where he began painting En plein air for Art in the Pines at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (2012). Demaree would float in and out of Portland & San Jose. During this time he recorded and released new music under his birth name and showed and toured with new works. Demaree moved to Maui, Hawaii, Nov 2014. Joseph joined the Lahaina Arts Society where he showed and sold his artwork in the Courthouse Gallery, Jailhouse Gallery & Banyan Tree Art Fairs. He taught a kids art class in Wailuku HI for the Lahaina Arts Association and participated in many Artistic happenings around the island. Demaree left Maui Aug 2016 and toured through England, Scotland & Greece creating a series of plein air oil paintings. He returned briefly to Hawaii to create a plein air oil painting on the Big Island before returning to the Bay Area, CA (Amador City & San Jose). Joseph moved back to Portland, OR. He continued to paint and play music as well as teach kids art for Portland Parks & Rec. Demaree left Portland to tour as a solo musician and paint plein air landscapes (May 9 – July 28 2018). The tour would take him through OR, WA, CA, AZ, UT, ID, HI. Demaree would settle in LA, Long Beach, San Jose and then Watsonville, CA. He would paint two murals for the Santa Clara County Fair and teach an Art / Mural class for “At Risk Youth” in South San Francisco High for RWCPAF. His latest album “Release Me” (Dec 27 2019) is now available at idiomism.com. Joseph Demaree has currently traveled through Portugal and Spain painting landscapes. He has recently landed in the Algarve region of Portugal.
Joseph Demaree has shown his artwork at: The Fun House in San Jose CA, The Elegant Pub in San Jose CA, The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 2019 County Fair in San Jose CA, The Works Members Exhibition at Works/San Jose CA, Janis of Santa Cruz CA, Kaleid Gallery in San Jose CA, Bodhi Dharma Gallery in San Jose CA, HARK! 13th Annual Holiday Show & Sale at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose CA, Benefit Art Auction Gala at Works San Jose CA Art and Performance Center, Society of Washington Artists Spring Art Show at The Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver WA, Panacea in Portland OR, Hamsterdamn Cafe in Portland OR, The Enchantment Show at Splendorporium in Portland OR, Wake The Sloth Cafe in Portland OR, The Portland Pancakes & Booze 2017 Art Show at The Hawthorne Theater in Portland OR, The Small Works Juried Exhibition in the Art Works Downtown 1337 Gallery in San Rafael, CA., Hawai’i National Parks 2016 Centennial Juried Exhibition presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center at the Schaefer International Gallery on Maui Hawaii, Circle-A Skateboard Shop in San Jose CA, The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on Maui Hawaii, The Mahalo Show for Lahaina Arts Association at Lahaina Arts Society’s Courthouse Gallery on Maui HI, Maui Masters Invitational Show 2016 at the Maui Masters Gallery at the Outlets of Maui, The Lahaina Arts Society’s Courthouse & Jailhouse Gallery on Maui HI, The Lahaina Arts Society’s Banyan Tree Art Walk on Maui HI, The Tea Box in The Maui Mall in Kahului HI (Four original paintings have gone missing from this show), The Treehouse Gallery in Haiku HI, The Maui Swap Meet in Kahului HI, Handmade Market in Kihei HI, Juice 4 U Cafe in Cupertino CA, Nectar Cafe in Portland OR, Portland Integrated Health and Sports Medicine in Portland OR, Bula Kava House in Portland OR, Vita Cafe in Portland OR, Sisters Coffee in Portland OR, The Tin Shed in Portland OR, On The Corner Music in San Jose CA, The Uptown Nightclub in Oakland CA, The Waypost in Portland OR, Pannikin Coffee and Tea in Encinitas CA, Indigo Dragon Center for Health & Healing in Encinitas CA, Metro Newspaper in San Jose CA, South First Fridays Art Walk in San Jose CA, the Eighth Annual Leucadi ART Walk in Encinitas CA, the Spring Art Show in Carpenter Park in Cardiff CA, The 3rd Annual Art in the Pines Festival Open Air and Plein Air Gallery in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve CA, The Hall of Champions Sports Museaum for the 2nd Annual Hammer Festival in San Diego CA, The Chocolate and Art Show in Hollywood CA, Tygers Den in Hollywood CA, Filter Cafe in San Diego CA, The Hallway at 31 Rausch St in San Francisco CA, The Peoples Yoga in Portland OR, Monochrome Gallery in Portland OR, Milepost5 in Portland OR, Salon De Paris in Portland OR, Red & Black Cafe in Portland OR, DO! Hair Salon in Portland OR, Last Thursday Alberta Street Art Walk in Portland OR, Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar in St John USVI, The Gingerbread House in San Jose CA, On The Corner Music is Campbell CA, The Pacific Art Collective in San Jose CA, Mendenhall Gallery at East Carolina University in Greensboro NC, The Gallery of Santa Clara in Santa Clara CA, ABCO Waterproofing Gallery in Oakland CA, Circle-A Gallery in San Jose CA, Hijinx Comics in San Jose CA, Faux Salon in Campbell CA, Radio Free Records in San Jose CA, Nothing Enterprises in San Jose CA, Cafe Matisse in San Jose CA, The Genesis Art Gallery in San Jose CA, The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose CA, The Willow Glen Library in San Jose CA and many one day shows throughout the United States, Canada & Japan.
Joseph has also played music in Radderar, Captain Nowhere, The Unit Breed, Kowloon, Aisles, The Pink Snowflakes, Burning White Churches, Sparkle Pony and the Fluffy Cloud, Emo Summer, Your Mother, Ringwurm, Jackalope, Happy About Everything, Zero My Hero, The Abominable Snowband, 1/2 Bastard, Lemming, Stag & Flying Dead Skin.
Interview for myartcontest (2012)
Tell us about the artwork you submitted to our international juried art competition. Is this part of a larger series? What are some of the ideas behind that work.
I fell in love with plein air painting while participating in the 3rd Annual Art in the Pines Plein Air Competition in April 2012. Circumstance moved me out of San Diego County and into a few months of living in my van and traveling north. I continued to paint in plein air and captured this image of Buck Lake, Oregon (A secluded and pristine spot a couple miles hike from the road) and The Waterfront of Portland, OR (Spot influenced by 2012’s 4th of July firework show).
Tell us about your process.
For Buck Lake I set up camp and hiked across fallen rocks. Here I painted for two days. I began with the painting flat and dripped oil paint on the canvas. I came back at night with a headlight. I finished the following day on an easel attending to detail, battling high winds that knocked the painting over and over.
For The Waterfront I walked and climbed down to a remote spot. Here I set up for the day and painted until sundown.
I move the paint directly on the canvas influenced by my surroundings. The light moves with the day. I capture the picture perfectly in time with the moment allowed.
The horizon offers the idea of distance. There is another place to place our moments. The physical placement gives the scope of time. Time in a day of light and shadow. To capture the NOW, we capture these moments for the future to see the past. Reflection. The landscape is forever changing. As I paint it, it is forever changing. As I look at it, forever changing. The story it tells. The history it tells. For what is tomorrow without capturing the now and vise versa. Painting a landscape I am able to capture a moment in time of our present to be looked back upon. Here I am able to give the viewer a window into my personal perspective of a place in time. A natural, ever changing, captured moment that will continue to change far past my physical limitation.
Tell us about your background (this can include schools, history, unrelated jobs that led you to the arts, etc).
I grew up in San Jose, CA. I have painted all my life. I was schooled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I have toured extensively as an artist and musician. I lived in Portland, OR for many years. I’ve lived in St. John USVI for four months. I’ve lived in Encinitas, Ranchita and Oceanside in San Diego County. I continue to travel and have set up camp in Los Gatos, CA. I’ve worked many types of jobs and have continued to create my artwork in my personal perspective. I understand that I am here to capture images and present them to you for the viewers own personal perspective.
Are there other artists, ideas, or fields of interest (such as science, literature or music) that influence your work?
The making of paintings is not possible without the interest of all that is. Music, especially, has continued to influence and motivate me.
Can you describe how they influence you?
For what we know, for the truth and distortions of, for the smell in the air and the reaction it brings. The light can not be without shadow. Beauty is the concept of life. For what lives is to die and what was is to grow and learn from. The story is perceived in every perspective. What will follow is the ripple in the water of time.
Who are some of the artists that influence your work?
Maxfield Parrish, Van Gough, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Rene’ Magritte, Jackson Pollock, Joan Miro, Pieter Bruegel.
Is there somewhere we can see your work, such as an artist website or an upcoming art show?
Currently I’m showing at Indigo Dragon in Encinitas CA until Nov 9th 2012.