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 forin San Jose CA (Nov 2012)
You’ve been playing music and touring for a long time now. It probably seems like you can’t remember a time when you weren’t. That’s kind of how you’re seen…always moving and evolving. How would you describe your musical journey, starting from The Unit Breed, up to your current solo work?
I built a ship and sailed it into new horizons where many cultures have already been established. I traded chords and waves with the locals and invited them to my shores. We drank, celebrated living, learned of mutiny, of self discovery, hunted for the long lost treasure in the dream and found all the rubies and pearls in every smile parted. My sonic preference expands, as does the range my talents juggle. Punk, Indie, Impressionism, Alternative, Surrealism, Rock, Blues, Expressionism, Jazz, Abstraction, Country, Idiomism: Music is music / Art is art: I am a lover of its song and I like to sing along.
Your art is always impressive, how has it evolved (themes, detail…less or more of it)? Are you still interested in using your classic symbols (the cochlea, Dali, and the machines and instruments you make music with), or have you abandoned them in favor of newer ones?
I continue to see no boundaries in the windows being made. Learn from the inspiration. Borrow what you must. Enjoy the spill. Grow with it. Appreciate all that is. Make your mark. Recognize anger and jealousy. Make the best choice. If you make a bad choice, don’t repeat it. If you repeat it, recognize the action. Notice the reflection in all that surrounds you and a steady, true, mark will follow. I make my art in every way possible. I grow with the story. My physical attachments help tell the story. Symbols speak volumes with each unique perspectives gaze. Here is the paint on the brush, here is the representation of a vase of flowers, step back a little and enjoy the waves push and pull. Circles, spirals, triangles, squares, fast and slow, movement in the stagnant. Step a little closer. All that details abstracted beauty. I have abandoned nothing. I choose to grow with it and recognize a mistake repeated. I am one to believe there is a moment later, for a love lost to be found, for the later moment is in every choice of the now that is present. To the future, dear reader. To the love of personal perspective and all its many windows. To the instruments inhale and exhale. The physical properties can not be without the non physical properties. Release it as you will with the instrumentation you see fit. Appreciate it. For the brush is of the painter and the guitar to express a song, for the words in a conversation will be taken and repeated in this highly imaginative game of telephone.
Speaking of instruments, why has your focus shifted from electric guitars to acoustic ones?
As I am self taught in the instrumentations of music making, my younger self was much more impatient. I found a stylization in my trips and falls. I now focus and direct my talents and communication with less frantic searching. The acoustic guitar presents a unique challenge in rhythm, tone, harmony and composition. Every squeak and bump is amplified in and of itself. I am able to project a clearer interpretation of the ripple to follow.
How has playing solo benefited you and your audience? Do you feel more restricted or liberated with your creativity?
Completely liberated in the expression of the song. The bends and shifts in released output produce a unique amplification every time played. For the song I sung then is the same song I sing now entirely different. How I choose to play the song now has been influenced by the way I have sung the song previously. Dear audience, isn’t the story much clearer. I am building a new band around my acoustic solo work. This was always intended in the writing. I look forward to growing with a group of musicians and friends, as I always have.
You’re involved in so many artistic avenues. The general rule of thumb is to stick to one thing; do you find that venturing into multiple medias has mutually benefited all your endeavors?
I am interested in the physical and non physical plains of being. I take things apart and put them back together. There are so many ways to tell a story and participate in it. I am fortunate to have accumulated so many perspectives to help tell the tale. At times it can be quite maddening. Organization is key. Always keep a spare key in a safe place. Focus on the dream and clear obstacles with grace. If you trip and fall, pick yourself up. Always help pick up those around you. It is possible that they are the obstacle. Never make assumptions. Be aware, stay aware. It’s as easy or as hard as you make it.
Your song, “The Party,” from the upcoming “Mirrors” release, sounds reminiscent of Syd Barrett…at least the live rendition. There are many parallels that can be drawn between Mr. Barrett and Mr. Demaree, and even though your artistic prowess is a bit beyond what Syd could do, do you think that’s a fair comparison?
I think you are very kind.
You’ve made a mark on the world, and traveled to almost every corner of it. In essence though, are you a San Jose artist, or has your life experience and trajectory catapulted you beyond this valley?
I am a born San Jose native. San Jose is my home. When I look at the people, sky and mountains that surround this valley I know I am home. To catapult an adventurer: What beauty in the flight and long trek home. Oh, to do it all again and again. Wherever I am, I am. Whenever I’m gone, I know how it feels to come back. I’m very proud to have grown up here. I am overwhelmed daily with the state of this city and all the people I have known. I am seeing dreams come true and happy to be part of them again.
You’re a familiar, recognizable, and respected figure in many artistic circles around the country, but not quite yet a household name. Is that type of recognition important to you? If asked, a decade from now, to participate in “Dancing with the Stars,” would Joseph Demaree crush the competition, or decide to spend his time some other way?
To dance with the stars and dodge the shooting ones
late at night I tend to drink and dance alone
To pull a diamond out of the sky for a waltz in gods eye
these physical limitations are in love with each breath
What is on the breath and in the air, asleep I do not dare
seek to compete with harmony’s way
but to learn the dance of dissidence and all of rhythms gifts
I continue to play.