Joe Fig | Drawings

On view May 2 – May 30 , 2016

Art reception on May 6th  Friday 6 – 8:30 pm


EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT


Joe Fig is an artist known for works that explore the creative process and the spaces where art is made.
In this new series of drawings Fig is looking for those quiet moments in the studio: moments of contemplation or moments when the artist is absorbed in their work. These drawings are based on his studio visits with the artists included in his recent book “Inside the Artist’s Studio”.


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For the selected pieces, observe the exquisite line in these details of the artist’s work.


Gallery Sheet and Pricing PDF


Publications by Joe Fig


inside the artist's studio
“Inside the Artist’s Studio”
available on Amazon

inside the painter's studio
“Inside the Painter’s Studio”
available on Amazon


CV / Resume


Born in 1968, Fig received both his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His body of work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and drawing, in which he examines the role of the artist, the creative process, and the self-made universe of the artist’s studio. Fig’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT), Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach, FL), Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT). He is the author of two critically acclaimed books Inside the Artist’s Studio (2015) and Inside the Painter’s Studio (2009) which include his interviews and documentary photographs of todays leading contemporary artists. Fig is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York. Fig works and lives in Connecticut’s Farmington River Valley.


CV / Resume


1968       Seaford, NY



2002       MFA School of Visual Arts

1991       BFA School of Visual Arts


Selected Solo Exhibitions


“Drawings” EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT


“Inside the Artist’s Studio” Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York

“Inside the Artist’s Studio” Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA


“New/Now” New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT


“Cinematic Paintings” Cristin Tierney, New York, NY

“Mining the Past and Present” Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT


“New Paintings” Cristin Tierney, New York, NY

“Inside the Painter’s Studio”, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston


“Inside the Painter’s Studio” Hendershot Gallery, New York

“In the Painter’s Studio” Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA

“Inside the Painter’s Studio” Byron C. Cohen Gallery Kansas City, MO


“Joe Fig: Studio in Miniature” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

“Joe Fig: Studio Visit” John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI


“Studio Visit” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

“Artist Studios: Paintings, Photographs, and Sculpture” Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY

“New Work” Plus Ultra Gallery, New York, NY


“Artist Studios: Paintings, Photographs, and Sculpture” Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL


“Paintings” Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“Pop” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA


“Contemporaries” Plus Ultra Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


“Work in Progress” Plus Ultra Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions                     


“House” Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

“The Miniature” Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

“Far Far Away” Children’s Museum of the Arts New York, New York

“Feel Big, Live Small” Apex Art, New York


“Olympus Photography Playground” Jack in the Box, Cologne, Germany


“A Sense of Place” Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY

“Inside the Artist’s Studio: Small-Scale Views” Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT


“Otherworldly” Musee des beaux-arts Eugene Leroy, Tourcoing, France

“Painting As History” Winkleman Gallery, New York

“The Persistence of Pollock” Pollock/Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, NY


“Small Worlds” Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

“American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

“Otherworldly” Museum of Art and Design, New York


“Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self Portraits”, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

“Single Lady” Jenny Salomon, Brooklyn, NY

“Size Does Matter” FLAG Art Foundation, New York


“Picturing the Studio” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

“Faces”, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

“Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art” Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH

Contemporary Art and Portraiture”, Cristin Tierney Fine Art, New York

“Themes and Variations: On the Use of Repetition in 21st Century Art”, Cristin Tierney Fine Art, New York


“Jackson”, Contemporary Art Galleries, UConn, Storrs, CT

“Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts”, American Academy of Art s& Letters, NY


Model Citizen, Artspace, New Haven, CT


Next Wave, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

“Precious Little” Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY


“Beginning Here: 101 Ways” Visual Arts Gallery, NY

“Slice and Dice” Visual Arts Gallery, NY

“A Stereoscopic Vision” D.U.M.B.O Arts Center (DAC) Brooklyn, NY

“Ace Invitational” Ace Gallery Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

“The Sixth Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection” (Touring)

  • New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
  • – Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • – The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
  • – Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
  • – Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA


“Review / Preview” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

“Inside Out” Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“AIM 23” Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY


“-scopeMiami” Plus Ultra Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

“Art New York” Kunstraume Auf Zeit Gallery, Linz, Austria

“Inspiring Narratives” Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“All You Can Eat” Visual Arts Gallery, New York


“Project Room” P.S.1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY


Selected Awards


Connecticut Council on the Arts, Artist Fellowship Program


AIM: Artists in the Market Place, Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Space Program, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation

Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, School of Visual Arts


Lucille Blanch Award, Woodstock Artists Association


Francis Criss Award, School of Visual Arts


Selected Museum Collections

Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

Altoids Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH



Inside the Artist’s Studio, Joe Fig published by Princeton Architectural Press, (Fall 2015)

Inside the Painter’s Studio, Joe Fig published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2009

Big Art /Small Art by Tristan Manco, published by Thames and Hudson, 2014

Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self Portraits published by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine       Arts, 2011


Selected Bibliography

Land, Ann “Artist Studios: The Dollhouse Version” ARTnews, June 2014

Dunne, Susan “Where Imagination Lives”, Hartford Courant, May 9, 2014

Bierend, Doug “Meticulous Miniature Replicas Reveal Fanatical Side of Art”, Wired Magazine, March 28, 2014

Gold, Sylviane “Masterpieces in Miniature” New York Times, February 23, 2014

Denton, Monroe “Inside Joe Fig’s Studio”, Art New England, July/August 2012

Blinn, Linda “Meet Joe Fig”, Studios Magazine, Fall 2012

Lipson, Karen  “Celebrating the Birth and Impact of Pollock” New York Times, May 18, 2012

Trippi, Peter “ Artists Making their Mark” Fine Art Connoisseur, April 2012

Schewndener, Martha “Faces Telling American Stories” New York Times, November 4, 2011

Rosenberg, Karen “Alternative Worlds Where even McMansions Are Tiny” New York Times, June 17, 2011

Boucher, Brian “Joe Fig at Cristin Tierney” Art in America, June/July 2011

Bianchi, Paolo “Wie Joe Fig Atiliers Als Minaturmode Nachbaut” Kunstforum, May/June 2011

McQuaid, Kate “Charged Visuals, Dark Themes, Animated Ideas” Boston Globe, February 16, 2011

Fabri, Anne R. “An artist’s favorite subject is…”Broad Street Review, October 26, 2010

Sozanski, Edward J. “Art: Artists as they see themselves” The Philadelphia Enquirer, Oct 31, 2010

Landi, Ann “Where the Art Happens” ARTnews, June 2010

Wolff, Rachel “He Shrunk Andy Warhol” ARTnews, October 2009

McQuaid, Kate “Workspace, as art or documentary?” Boston Globe, Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gerard, George “Joe Fig: In the Painter’s Studio” Artscope Magazine, May/June 2009

Vanderbilt, Tom “The Lives of Others” Modern Painters, March 2009

Packham, Chris “In Painter’s Heads” The Kansas City Pitch, Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Genocchio, Benjamin “Artists at Work (Very Tiny Ones) New York Times, Sunday, July 8, 2007

Goodbody, Bridget L. “Tiny People Painting: Look In, Look In” New York Times, Friday, July 6, 2007

Taylor, Kate “The Parrish Readies an Expansion” New York Sun, Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Fasolino, Elizabeth “A Room of One’s Own” The East Hampton Star, June 5, 2007

Weiss, Marion Wolberg “Art Commentary” Dan’s Paper, Issue #14 June 29, 2007

McQuaid, Kate “The creative process, in miniature” The Boston Globe, Thursday, November 30, 2006

Schewndener, Martha “Joe Fig: Plus Ultra” Artforum, September 2006

Asper, Colleen “Joe Fig: Plus Ultra” Beautiful Decay, Issue P

Johnson, Ken “Joe Fig at Plus Ultra Gallery” New York Times, Friday, May 19, 2006

Saltz, Jerry “Geppetto-Bot: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Painter” The Village Voice, May 17-23, 2006

Gelber, Eric “Joe Fig: Plus Ultra Gallery”, May 2006

Genocchio, Benjamin “More Room to Grow Creatively: Finding Inspiration far From Usual Artists’ Haunts” New York Times, Sunday, May 22, 2005

Bailey-Gates, Christine “Artist’s Sculptures are Others’ Studios” Norwalk-Citizen News, Friday, August 5, 2005

Sommereyns, Omar “From Very Big to Very Small: Christo’s monumental projects share space with intricate miniatures by Joe Fig”, Miami New Times, March 31, 2005

Brickman, David “Small Wonder” Metroland, vol # 28, February 2005

Miller, Francine Koslow “Review: Joe Fig, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston” Tema Celeste Contemporary Art, September/October 2004

Sloat, Ben “The Action Figure Artist: Joe Fig At Bernard Toale Gallery” Big Red & Shiny, May 20, 2004

Kangas, Matthew “Humor, social commentary leave lasting impression” The Seattle Times, Friday, January 9, 2004

Cotter, Holland “Joe Fig” New York Times, Friday, November 7, 2003

Mason, Brook S. “Open Sesame” Art & Antiques, December 2003

Rosenberg, Karen “Joe Fig” New York, November 3, 2003

Schmerler, Sarah “TGIF” Time Out New York, October 16 – 23, 2003

La Rocco, Benjamin “Joe Fig Contemporaries” The Brooklyn Rail, November 2003

Gray, Emma “Inside Information” ArtReview, International Edition V1 N11

Rosenberg, Karen “Statements and Strategies: Young Artists Negotiate Their Entry Into the Gallery Scene Market Share” The Village Voice, August 22, 2003

Johnson, Ken “ From Small Sculptures to Glimpses of Signs, a Mix of Works in the Bronx” New York Times, Friday, August 15, 2003

Pollack, Barbara “Fig’s Newman” ArtNews, April 2003

Robinson, Walter  “Maximum Miami”, December 6, 2002

Halm, Dan  “Portfolio” Visual Arts Journal, School of Visual Arts Magazine, Fall 2002

Eleey, Peter  “Plus Ultra Gallery/P.S.1” The Brooklyn Rail, January – February 2002

Hibino, Yasuyo  “Should buy,” Esquire (Japan), November 2001



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