JOE ANDOE was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1955.
“I tend to economize,” explains Joe Andoe, “I want to reduce images to their blueprint.”
Andoe strives for an utter distillation of image, ground, and color in his work. Not surprisingly, then, his inventory of subjects remains basic: horns, wreaths, candles, flowers, cornstalks, trees, cattle, buffaloes, lambs, sheep, and, lately, horses.
Mentally prepared, but without a preparatory design, he begins with a blank canvas. He applies a layer of gesso to the canvas. Once the gesso has dried, he uses a palette knife to apply a thin layer of oil paint, building up the layers in certain places, and leaving other places with only a thin wash of color.
Andoe is bent on creating paired-down, timeless, and generic images, an attitude that extends to his use of a monochromatic, earth-colored ground. “By using earth colors, I further distill my images to next to nothing.”
The Detroit Museum Of Art, Michigan
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection,
The National Gallery of art, Washington, DC
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth University,
New Hampshire Museum of Art,
University of Oklahoma, Norman
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
The Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, California
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
Whitney Museum of Art, New York
John Andoe : Blue Dog II, 1998, 10-colour screenprint, edition 35, 40 x 48 inches
John Andoe : Blue Dog I, 1998, 10-colour screenprint, edition 35, 40 x 48 inches