Joshua Hogan was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and received his BA from Carlow College (now Carlow University). While at Carlow, he began a series of paintings inspired by his participation in the program, Semester at Sea. This journey to 15 countries, including Egypt, Vietnam, Turkey and Morocco, laid the foundation for the fluid shapes he creates today; a way to visually communicate his own interactions with people as well as the interactions he observes between people.
Hogan uses a variety of painting techniques, slowly forming shapes he calls “wayfarers”. He turns the picture plane as he paints until he observes interaction between the shapes. He layers color, often using interference pigment, to create illusionary depth. He intends for the shapes to appear in movement, traveling through a vast, abstract landscape. His paintings evolve, hyper consciously, to describe environment and energy. As his painting process becomes second nature, the shapes he creates, suspended in mythical landscapes, speak to him. They tell him what to do and where to go, not only in the resulting painting but also in life. Hogan's paintings are poetic. They are intended to portray an abstracted interpretation of our natural and spiritual world in a way that emphasizes how what we create is reflected back to us. Many of his paintings have several incarnations before he feels they are complete, before the painting presents an epiphany of time and memory and the experience that brought him to now.
In 2001, Hogan opened BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood and began exhibiting fellow emerging and mid-career artists whose artwork exemplifies the diversity and originality of contemporary art. Since then, he has exhibited hundreds of regional, national, and international artists while maintaining his own art studio. Through IATSE 489 Studio Mechanics Union, he also worked as a scenic artist and paint charge on productions such as Marvel's, The Avengers (Feature Film). Hogan’s paintings have shown nationally including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, and Fallingwater’s Huntington Museum as well as internationally in the Love Art Fair in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His paintings have appeared in several film productions including Bloodlines (TV Series), The Perks of Being a Wall Flower (Feature Film), and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl (Feature Film). Paintings from his series "Bold as Love" and "Memories From the Future" are on exhibit at The Vault Gallery in Cambria California. His series, "Wild is the Wind", was recently exhibited at The Affordable Art Fair in New York City, Superfine! Art Fair in Washington DC, and Aqua Art Miami Beach. He is currently working on his new series, 33, which were exhibited at LA Art Show in January 2019.
Upcoming BoxHeart Exhibition 2019!