Artist's StatementEver since my earliest training in painting I have been intrigued with both the play of light in 2-dimensional work and with the surfaces of my subject matter. My college experiences with printmaking served to increase my interest in the surface textures of my paintings; my foray into three-dimensional work in stone and steel has had a further impact on my thinking about surfaces.
Textured two-dimensional surfaces are a hallmark of my personal style. My fascination with the artistic possibilities to be found in the physical building-up of two-dimensional surfaces has led to my use of texturing materials; I revel in using surface textures that interact with a strong painterly play of light and shadows to create a sculptural illusion on a flat surface. I work to achieve an interplay of the richness of color and the movement of light, using the textured background and foreground in my pieces as both reflection and central element in the play of these all-important facets.
The delicately textured surfaces of my abstract paintings, and the relief effect in my mono prints, capture the drama which the season of the year or the time of day can create as the natural light changes. I am certainly not a "landscape" painter, but I am heavily influenced by the lights and shadows that make artistic depictions of the natural world most exciting. There is nothing more thrilling, or contrarily, more serene, than the drama of sunrise and sunset colors as they wash over a natural or recreated landscape.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
2005 Gallery 25N Peekskill, New York
2001 THIRTY-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE Riverdale, New York Riverdale Country School
1996 Wingspread Gallery Northeast Harbor, Maine
1990 Mari Galleries of Westchester Mamaroneck, New York
1989 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1986 Elaine Benson Gallery Bridgehampton,New York
1984 Chautauqua Art Assn. Gallery Chautauqua, New York
1984 Patricia Judith Gallery Boca Raton, Florida
1984 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1983 Cygnus Gallery San Diego, California
1982 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1982 Ann Leonard Gallery Woodstock, New York
1981 Bronx Museum of the Arts Bronx, New York
1980 National Art Center New York, New York
1980 Westbroadway Gallery New York, New York
1978 Westbroadway Gallery New York, New York
1977 The Lighthouse Gallery Tequesta, Florida
1975 Gallery One New York, New York
1975 Columbia University New York, New York
1975 College of St. Rose Albany, New York
1974 Galerie Taj Caribe New York, New York
1968 Triveni Gallery New Delhi, India
1968 Modhanti Gallery New Delhi, India
1967 Triveni Gallery New Delhi, India
1966 All India Fine Arts Gallery New Delhi, India
2000 Nassau County Museum Roslyn Harbor, New York
1984 Stockton Museum Stockton, Ca.
1982 Philadelphia Museum Philadelphia, Pa.
1981 Bronx Museum of the Arts - SOLO Bronx, New York
1980 Bronx Museum of the Arts - GROUP Bronx, New York
1965 Lalitkela Academy National Show New Delhi, India
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2005 Windham Fine Arts Windham, New York
2005-2004 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
2004 Erasing Borders - Indian Diaspora New York, New York (Indo-American Arts Association)
2005-2003 The Blue Door Gallery Yonkers, New York
2005-1999 Lois Richards Gallery Greenwich, Connecticut
1998 Wingspread Gallery Northeast Harbor, Maine
1997 Gallery 678 New York, New York
1997 Clark Whitney Gallery Lenox, Massachusetts
1996 Art on Main Street Yonkers, New York
1995 Froebel Gallery Albany, New York
1994 Wingspread Gallery Northeast Harbor, Maine
1994 All India - Consulate General New York, New York
1994 Ann Leonard Gallery Woodstock, New York
1994 Wingspread Gallery Northeast Harbor, Maine
1994 Stockton National Stockton, California
1992 Ann Leonard Gallery Woodstock, New York
1992/1991 Grupo Arte Albany, New York
1990 Joy Moos Gallery Miami, Florida
1990 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1989 de Ligny Gallery Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
1988 Rodger Lapelle Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986 Foxworth Gallery New York, New York
1986 Concordia College Bronxville, New York
1986/1985 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1983/1982 Langman Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1983 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1982 Bronx Museum of the Arts Bronx, New York
1982 Cygnus Gallery San Diego, California
1981 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1980 Phoenix Gallery New York, New York
1978 Contemporary Indian Artists New York, New York
1976/1974 Galerie Taj Caribe New York, New York
1975 Int'l Play Group Young Artists New York, New York
1973 The Open Mind Gallery New York, New York
1969 Silpichakra Gallery New Delhi, India
1965 Lalitkela Academy New Delhi, India (National Gallery)
Pratt Whitney Corporate Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts
Columbia Broadcasting Systems New York, New York
Air India New York, New York
Holiday Inns Marbella, Spain
Burg and DeVosta Corporation Palm Beach, Florida
Colorado, Connecticut, New York, India
Satish Joshi (who signs his work with his first name) graduated from the New Delhi College of Art in 1968 with an honors degree in painting and printmaking. After immigrating to New York in 1969 he began his life-long dual career as artist and teacher. His early 1970s experimentations with combinations of acrylics and oil paints on canvas led to his lifelong artistic fascination with the textured surfaces of 2-dimensional work. Textured surfaces and the interpretation of light and color have remained the dominant artistic themes of his painting and printmaking on canvas, shaped wood panels, and paper.
Satish's large-scale abstract canvases from his 1980s Light Series, which sent the viewer flying outward into the vastness of the cosmos, have given way to a smaller, more intimate realization of the natural world. Working now on wood panels, he presents the viewer with a changed angle of vision; one may stay indoors, but still gazes, as through a window, into Satish's private vision of the natural world.
Satish's mono print technique uses the same idiosyncratic combination of acrylics and oils that he originally developed for his paintings. Rather than etching downward into a printing plate, he builds the image upward on the surface of a board, using various acrylic media to create the image he wishes to reproduce. When the surface has hardened, the plate receives a unique oil paint color wash; the image is printed once on paper and the plate wiped clean to await another application. Thus, each plate, reused ad infinitum, always yields a unique and distinctive individual print with the same image vastly changed by his choice of colors.
Stone and steel sculpture became important to Satish in the mid-1980s, when, as Head of the Visual Arts Department at New York City's prestigious Riverdale Country School, he decided to add sculpture courses to the School's art curriculum. Self-taught in all techniques, he quickly learned to weld steel and to carve stone, which gave him two new artistic disciplines to explore as a teacher and artist. In steel he works in found object pieces and in "drawings on steel;" his alabaster and marble pieces range from table-sized work to monumental scale installation pieces. Under his creative direction, the Riverdale Environmental Art Apprenticeship Program has designed and installed several site-specific pieces on the School campus. These include large scale abstract works in stone, wood, cement and steel.
Satish's monumental scale sculptures include three pieces commissioned by Riverdale Country School. One piece is a 12' limestone male torso seated on a base which contains embossed representations of all the arts. Facing it, across the entranceway to the School's Art Center, is Out of the Past, a standing male nude, partially exposed from a 15' limestone block. The summer of 2003 saw a white marble Storyteller placed on the Lower School campus. He is currently executing a commission for a large marble male nude. In 1996 his first monumental piece, Awakening, a 12' foot reclining male nude executed in white marble, was installed in a private setting in Breckenridge, Colorado. Additional private commissions include a 30' found object metal wall and representational pieces in steel and stone.
Satish is the Director of Community Arts and Artist-in-Residence at Riverdale Country School; he was Head of the Visual Arts Department for twenty-two years. He is a member of the cooperative Phoenix Gallery in New York City, where he was on the Board of Directors for many years, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Art on Main Street in Yonkers, New York. He has consistently shown his work at small to medium-sized galleries for the past thirty years.