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Karen Robinson Gallery proudly presents:
ANTIDOTE TO DOUG FORD
an exhibition of original work by MENDELSON JOE

Artist’s Statement: All art is political whether it’s benign and cuddly or diabolical and ugly. Both Donald Trump and militant ignoramus Doug Ford inspire the latter in my depictions. The antidote? The resurrection of some of my heroes, in this case the recent portrait of Linda McQuaig and the late June Callwood. Then there are the recent calming landscapes, the best medicine to heal troubled eyes and wounded hopes. —Mendelson Joe ©2018

Exhibition opens May 19, 2018 and runs to December 15, 2018 at Karen Robinson Gallery. Open all year by appointment.

Margaret Atwood by Mendelson Joe
Margaret Atwood, $9,200, 30 x 30, 1991
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
JOE’S PORTRAITS—FRIENDS AND FOE
an exhibition of portrait paintings
by MENDELSON JOE

Exhibition opens May 6, 2017 and runs to April 30, 2018.

Being an orthodox misanthrope, one might be befuddled by my substantial output of portraits of humans. I began painting in 1975 when I found some discarded acrylics in the garbage. Art supplies are anything anywhere if one is smitten by creativity.

Over the last forty-two years, I’ve likely painted a thousand portraits. At 72.8, I’m a self-taughter and still learning. Witnesseth my portrait of Senator Lynn Beyak. Over the years many prominent Canadians sat for me from Margaret Laurence to Margaret Atwood to Roberta Bondar to Irshad Manji. Most were women but there were males such as Alan Borovoy and George Chuvalo. Have a look.

Mendelson Joe, Nov. 2016
Co-founder of Artists Against Racism
© Mendelson Joe, 2017

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
THE SNOW IS STILL BLUE, THE MOON IS TOO
an exhibition of winter-themed paintings
by MENDELSON JOE

Exhibition opens November 30, 2016 and runs to April 30, 2017.

Many folk are singing the Blues these days and nights. The advent of sociopath Donald Trump as America’s next president sickens me.

Despite this angst I live, I still walk the woods, embrace the moon, follow tracks in the snow. The beauty helps to soothe this troubled soul. I record my vision with acrylic pigment as I have done for almost forty-two years. Art is the healer.

It’s pure coincidence that the night sky makes snow blue. At age 72.3, one could say this Joe has the Blues. Have a look. Rebuke the haters. Silence only serves the scapegoaters.

Mendelson Joe, Nov. 2016
Co-founder of Artists Against Racism
© Mendelson Joe, 2016

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
I MISS WINTER
An exhibition of paintings by MENDELSON JOE

Exhibition opens May 15, 2016 and runs until December 15, 2016.

Some people think I’m crazy when I tell them – I love winter. I’m lucky – I always rejoiced shovelling snow. Why? Snow is pure beauty. But, I’ve also learned to tolerate seasonal change. When buds burst there’ll be broccoli hills to savour. My eyes love broccoli. Little trees. As early as August, sometimes July, one or two of those little trees signal autumn. They spout crimson. I can’t help it. I get excited by nature’s inevitability. Mother Nature is in charge. My eyes love the big Mummy.

M. Joe (71.7 years old)
© Mendelson Joe, 2015

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
JOE’S NEIGHBOURS

Mendelson Joe’s sixth book, published by ECW Press of Toronto is now available in bookstores.

Mendelson Joe’s Neighbours A series of energetic and vivid portraits that capture the character and integrity of rural life.

Outsider artist Mendelson Joe is a painter, activist, musician, and renowned “self-taughter.” But to the people living in the sparsely populated region west of Algonquin Park, he is also a neighbour. With his latest book, Joe commemorates his neighbours in a series of portraits whose subjects range from Canadian musical icon Hawksley Workman to the man who installed Joe’s woodstove.

In Joe’s Neighbours, we get a glimpse into the lives of people who have strayed from the urban grid, and in Joe, we meet a “pathological painter” who is engaged with his community. Viewed through Joe’s idiosyncratic lens, rural Canadian life comes alive, and we meet a hub of artists, activists, and offbeat characters who truly embody Joe’s vision of neighbourliness.

© Mendelson Joe, 2016

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
JOE LOVES WINTER
an exhibition of paintings by MENDELSON JOE

Mendelson Joe’s March MeltExhibition opens December 15, 2015 and runs until May 15, 2016.

Veteran Outsider artist Mendelson Joe loves winter, especially the outdoors. He is known for his letter-writing; witness Joe’s love-letters in acrylic on canvas. Moon lit forests, blue snow horizons, almost fairyland but never saccharine. Even in February Joe says: “everyday is Thanksgiving. Savour this life, this beauty, this peace! Rejoice, a Canada free of Stephen Harper.”

M. Joe Rejoices
© Mendelson Joe, 2015

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
FACES & PLACES
an exhibition of paintings by MENDELSON JOE

Exhibition opens May 1, 2015 and runs to November 1, 2015

Artist’s Statement: Being a professional troubadour from age nineteen, I chronicled the adventure in song. I used to write my songs almost anywhere but, especially on Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park. When I fell into painting in 1975, it was natural to document life where the songs bloomed. When I dared to portray humans, face to face, my world literally, took off like flight. Forty years later, I’ve amassed many hundreds of faces and places. Karen Robinson, my trusted friend and professional advocate will show you.

© Mendelson Joe, 2015.

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
Celebrate the Glorious Art of MENDELSON JOE

2015 marks M. Joe’s Fortieth year as a painter of most original fine art.
© Mendelson Joe, 2014

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
The Seasonal Blues of MENDELSON JOE

Mendelson Joe’s November GiftCelebrating Mendelson Joe’s forty-year career as a visual artist with the following exhibition of winter-themed paintings. Exhibition opens December 6, 2014 and runs to April 30, 2015.

Come 2015, Canada’s multi-media artist M. Joe marks forty years as “pathological painter:*. Self-taught in both his primary media (he’s a musician with a new record ART IS THE HEALER), M. Joe paints winter like no other. Come and behold Joe’s blues.

* his self-designation

© Mendelson Joe, 2014

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
Dynamics of Greenery
an exhibition of paintings by MENDELSON JOE

Exhibition opens May 3, 2014 and runs to November 30, 2014.

After a long old-fashioned winter I welcome the big melt and the emergence of greenery. Like Mother Nature (our true and only mother), I’m programmed to witness buds on the decids* with daffy-down-dillies in tow. Summer means sensual dawns at 4:00 a.m., blackflies, mosquitoes and sandhill cranes!

Behold my green perspectives in paint. Every day is Thanksgiving for this septuagenarian.

*deciduous trees

© Mendelson Joe, 2014

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
Purchase Mendelson Joe’s “Buried Treasue” as digital download!

Exhibition opens May 3, 2014 and runs to November 30, 2014.

Dear Blues-Lovers: Back in the 1980s, I made several recordings, two of which were commercially released. Both these gems received next to no airplay. Since I own the monsters, I thought I’d amalgamate my favourite tracks, inspired performances, raunchy truth-telling music – and, re-release this batch before I’m cremated crispy. I’ve long-lived as if today’s my last ergo those who do they will, and those who don’t they won’t. I am truly old and cold this January day. Behold Buried Treasure.

M. Joe.

Available for digital download on iTunes and CDBaby. Browse the play list and check out a sampling of each song before you buy.

© Mendelson Joe, 2014

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces Participation in:
Almaguin Highlands Artscape Studio Tour
as part of the Sweater Weather Weekend
Almaguin Highlands Art Council

Exhibition opens August 1, 2 and 3 from 10 am to 5 pm, and also on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014.

Part of the Sweater Weather Weekend in the Explorers Edge region which the Almaguin Highlands is a part of.

© Karen Robinson Gallery, 2014

For Immediate Release:
KAREN ROBINSON GALLERY Proudly Announces:
Out of the Cage
an exhibition of paintings by MENDELSON JOE
at The Bartlett Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre

March 26 to April 19, 2014
Reception: Sunday, March 30, 2014 • 2 pm to 4 pm

Rick Mercer once said, “When Mendelson Joe calls, you answer.” At 3 pm on Sunday, March 30, the “famous recluse” will literally call in, via video conference, to The Bartlett Gallery during the opening of a new exhibition of his paintings, Out of the Cage. Joe fans will recognize this as a rare, not to be missed coming “out of the cage” by a man who left Toronto for the woods nearly 15 years ago.

Joe has been called “the quintessential Canadian outsider artist,” and he is famous for portraits that make pointed social commentary, mocking his political foes and revering his friends.

Out of the Cage will showcase a softer side of Mendelson Joe, and the northern Ontario landscape that has long been an antidote to his anger. In the north, Joe finds his hope; this is the stuff—the rocks, water and trees—that balm his soul. Of his landscape painting he writes: “Come and witness my heavens.” From March 26 to April 20, The Bartlett Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Centre invites you to do just that.

For more information contact: Lynda Clare Grant C: 519-943-3800 Gallery: 519-940-0199, Alton Mill Arts Centre, 1402 Queen Street, Alton (Caledon), ON, L7K 0C3, www.altonmill.ca

© Mendelson Joe, 2014