Working Women: Portraits by Mendelson Joe

Mendelson Joe book Working Women
Working Women

“[Mendelson Joe] paints with more emotion than almost any other painter in the country. It comes through blazingly in the colours of his ‘Working Women’ series.” —Peter Goddard, Toronto Star

In the words of Mendelson Joe: “My purpose in my work, any of it, from song to essay to picture, is to tell the truth and it seems that most truth ain’t couth. Inequality bugs me. Prejudice bugs me.

And, I’ve long believed that women are the only hope for this ever-degrading organism that mothered us all. So, in 1982, I began to paint portraits of women. The purpose was to document women in the context of their job descriptions, so the pictures showed them as working folks as opposed to sexual objects.”

Along with faithful reproductions of the original paintings, Joe has added his own brand of particular comments about the subject and the sessions.

Available for purchase through Cedar Canoe Books in Huntsville, Ontario, ECW Press and through Karen Robinson Gallery.

Published by ECW Press, November 2004
102 pages, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 50 full-colour reproductions. ISBN 1-55022-671-1