Joseph Paquet

Wishing you a lovely Early Autumn.
 - Joe Paquet

New Work

Early Light, Madeline Island    24" x 30"    $14,000
Ojibwa Afternoon, Madeline Island    22" x 28"    $14,000

Getting Lost
These days, with all the profound levels of disconnect and self-importance in the world I have felt an increasing need need to disappear and get lost in nature: to find something that makes sense to me.
In the forest everything simply is what it is - totally indifferent to us.
I appreciate the perfect order of it all.
It is a celestial order and harmony and balance are part of that.
Beyond the obvious benefits of escape there are simple moments of sublime beauty and sensual grace. 
Standing in the same spot for five day on a painting, I begin to really notice things:
Like the smell of the freshest water carried by wind over pine needles and ferns.
Or the way flickering light through the trees animates the forest floor.
Or how my whole body lights-up after a swim or the slight give of the moss beneath my feet as I stand and paint.
I begin to blend into my environment.
Here's the best part:
My self-importance evaporates and is replaced with a grateful sense of aliveness.
I begin to vibrate with my surroundings and leave the limiting confines of myself. 

It all sounds somewhat obvious until one actually gives it time and touches the faintest edges of a feral and primal remembrance.
In that faintly familiar part of my animal brain I am happy, balanced and at peace.

Awards Ceremony

Art Renewal Center

14th International
ARC Salon Competition

1st Place, Plein Air Category
& Plein Air Magazine Award

Morning Impression, Duluth    28" x 40"    $24,000

This year the Art Renewal Center received over 4,300 entries to its International ARC Salon Competition. Works were entered from 73 countries, spanning six continents! Over 40 jurors and 14 organizations participated in the competition.

The final show will consist of approximately 100 works from around the globe, ranging from figurative to landscape, sill life to sculpture and wildlife to plein air and fully from life works. ARC winners and finalists paintings coverage here.

The show is scheduled to first open at the  European Museum of Modern Art, (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain from December 6th, 2019 - February 2nd, 2020, where it will hang alongside the MEAM's representational painting and sculpture competition, Figurativas. A joint award ceremony will be held on December 6th at the MEAM. This awe-inspiring international event will have artists from all over the world present and hundreds of people in attendance, showcasing the true international nature and collaborative spirit of this new wave in contemporary art.

I'm looking forward to attending the award opening ceremony with my good friend John Cosby who took second place in the plein air category.

The show will then travel to  Sotheby's, NY where it will be on Exhibit from July 17th - July 27th, 2020. Sotheby's NY is the premier destination for auction and private sales, where undoubtedly the 21st Century Representational Art Movement will be showcased to an elite audience of collectors and art enthusiasts.

New Workshops 2020

Tanque Verde Ranch  
5-Day Plein Air Workshop, Tucson AZ 

February 10th - 14th, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
"Tanque Verde Ranch at the MISA-West Campus is an ideal winter destination workshop for plein-air painters. Get out of the cold and join me at this peaceful and phenomenal desert setting." 
This Plein-Air workshop is for more advanced students and they will receive plenty of individual attention. Your week at the Ranch will be filled with some of the best plein air painting locations in the Southwest. The Ranch is nestled in the Rincon Mountains with unparalleled opportunities to capture historic Western architecture and iconic Southwestern landscapes.  
The objective of this workshop is to improve the clarity of your intention before the painting begins and ultimately achieve a more artistic statement.
If you wish to take your work to the next level, this workshop is for you.


Madeline Island School of Art  
5-Day Plein Air Workshop, Wisconsin 

July 6th - 10th, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
This will be my seventh year teaching at Madeline Island School of the Arts.

This is a great destination workshop. There is plenty of variety to paint and the staff does an incredible job keeping you comfortable at the School. The facility is top notch.
This workshop will introduce you to the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping you capture the myriad light effects you are faced with when painting en plein air.  Correct use of the Prismatic Palette will help you judge values, using warm and cool tones to bring things forward and to push things back, and to depict light and shade, and to describe the type and time of day.

Upcoming Shows

Catalina Island Conservancy
9th Annual Wild Side Art Show 
Newport Harbor Yacht Club

Sunday, October 20th
1:00 PM Patron Sponsor Admission
1:30 PM Priority Admission
2:30 PM General Admission
After the Rain, Cottonwood Canyon Road   18" x 24"   $8,900 
I have been doing the Conservancy shows since they began.
The Island has become very dear to me and I greatly appreciate the good work the Conservancy has done to keep it pristine.
Special thanks to Jack Baldelli for the vertiginous jeep rides to the remote locations at five in the morning--the man is relentless in the cause of finding places no one has ever painted and I so appreciate that!
Learn more about the show here.

Tickets available here.

Coors Western Art Show, 2020
Denver, Colorado

Red Carpet reception:
Tuesday Jan 7th, 5:30- 9:00 PM
(Reservations required)
General Store, Silver Plume   8" x 12"   $3,500  
I am looking forward to exhibiting for my third year in the show and to exhibit works from my recent trip West with my friend Andy Evansen.
In some cases we painted similar viewpoints, he in Watercolor and I in oil.
The above painting and numerous others will be part of the show.
.Learn more about the show here

Online Critique / Mentoring

If you are seriously interested in working through your creative blocks or simply wish to find a greater level of excellence this may be for you.
I only wish work with serious students who truly desire to take their work to a deeper level. You can choose a single critique or 5-Hour Mentoring Block. If you need a boost in moving forward or a tune-up with a fresh perspective this is for you.

Currently Full with a Waiting List


Brooklyn Dyptych     (Both paintings 18" x 24")    $21,000
Thank you Charles Muench for the photograph


To purchase paintings directly from Joe Paquet
Just call  (651) 485-5807 or email to discuss details and options.

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