HARRIETTE JOFFE

 

Queen Esther and the Grand Inquisitor
mixed media on canvas | 50" x 37.5" | 1992

Santa Cruz
mixed media on canvas | 72″ x 58″ | 1990s

Fable I
acrylic on canvas | 50" x 39" | 1980s

Father Paint the Sky on Me acrylic on canvas | 72" x 58" | 1987

Father Paint the Sky on Me
acrylic on canvas | 72" x 58" | 1987

Lakon
acrylic on canvas | 72" x 58" | 1987

The Fifth World
mixed media on canvas | 72" x 58" | 1987

Fable III–Tango
acrylic on canvas | 72x58 a/c | 1980s

 

Misguided Angel
acrylic on canvas | 58″ x 72″ | 1989

Goddess of the Number Nine
acrylic on canvas | 72" x 58" | 1987

Blue Green Spirit
acrylic on canvas | 60" x 52" | 1986

The Jaguar Marries
acrylic on canvas | 72" x 58" | 1987

Inside Sonny’s Song
acrylic on canvas | 48" x 36" | 2015

What’s Up with Charlie?
acrylic on canvas | 58" x 46" | 2016

Let’s Dance with Getz and Gilberto
acrylic on canvas | 54" x 44" | 2015

Middle Palace
acrylic on canvas | 52" x 60" | 1985

Earth, Sky, Air #3
oil on canvas | 52" x 50" | 1982

Earth, Sky, Air #1
oil on canvas | 49.5" x49.5"  | 1982

Earth, Sky, Air #3
oil on canvas | 52" x 50" | 1982

Earth, Sky, Air #2
oil on canvas | 62" x 50" | 1982

Gift to Danielle
oil on canvas | 36" x 36" | 1980

Indian Dig Series, Montauk
oil on canvas | 48" x 48" | 1980

Old Montauk
oil on canvas | 36" x 36" | 1980

 

Looking for Jupiter
oil on canvas | 72" x 51" | 1996

 

Harambe
oil on canvas | 64" x 52" | 1987

Dance for a Red Night
oil on  canvas | 52" x 48" | 1996

Family
oil on canvas | 58" x 70" | 1996

Tierra Amarilla
oil on canvas | 70" x 58" | 1996

O satisfy us... 2000
oil on canvas | 50" x 40" | 2000

Our Lady of Guadalupe Receiving the Torah
oil on canvas | 70" x 56" | 2000

Un Gardenia para ti

oil on canvas | 72" x 48" | 1998

Musics de la Tierra
oil on canvas | 72" x 48" | 1998

Time of Summer Solstice
acrylic on canvas | 60"x 144" | 1987 

Riding to Lighthouse
oil on handmade paper | 29" x 40" | 1980

Balada Para Mi Vida,
oil on canvas |  50" x 40" | 2003

Song of Songs
Oil monotype | 30" x 20.5"  | 1995

River Durga II
watercolor on yupo paper | 23" x 35" | 2016

River Durga III
watercolor on yupo paper | 23" x 35" | 2016

River Song Series III
watercolor on yupo paper | 12" x 9"  | 2009

River Song Series I

watercolor on yupo paper  | 12" x 9" | 2009

River Song Series II
watercolor on yupo paper  | 12" x 9" |2009

 

Artist Statement : Personal Mythologies

Myth, legend, and ancient lore reach out and invite me into a world rich with infinite possibility. World music is the magic carpet to my creative process, evoking color, images, and stories without end. All that I am, all that I have experienced becomes my art.

Each time that I enter the studio I am open to thoughts and images touching me from a higher source, a distant place. Music, color, and line become dialogue—paintings unfold. “Our hands know how to settle the riddle which our intellects struggle with in vain.” Rumi

The paradox between Creation and birth and Death and destruction are sometimes revealed in the study of Torah and demonstrated in the sacred literature of most ancient traditions. Leroy Little Bear, a Navajo Elder, has said, “We have reached the limits of our language. Therefore, to exclude anything (i.e., physics, mathematics, biology. or ecology) as separate from visual arts or dance is an inconceivable notion.” Recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the conceptual and multi-faceted composer, Tan Dun, premiered Ghost Opera…, “a cross-temporal, cross-cultural, and cross-media dialogue touching on past, present, future, and the eternal,” based on Chinese Shamanistic tradition.

Ancient creation myths parallel scientific reasoning sparking one’s imagination. Through a series of departures and returns, artists and scientists have had to explore new perspectives that have led them to discovery, revelation, and transformations never imagined possible.

My art speaks of an extended human condition extracting an essence and universality out of human events, recasting everyday life to create a new myth. I believe that magic happens when we let spirit guide us. Like the Latin American poet, Jorge Luis Borges, I see a universe in every grain of sand, in every star.

Harriette Joffe, MFA, MA • born 1935 • American

Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters

Harriette Joffe is an American painter with a distinguished career that spans from the post-World War II Abstract Expressionist movement to the present, and her lifetime body of work has been described as "Explosive!" by the New York Times. 

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