Who is Joel Moskowitz?
Joel grew up in Long Beach, California, one of eight children. He studied sculpture under Peter Grippe at Brandeis University where he received a BA in 1976. He moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, worked in oils and later in plaster, creating fanciful sea creatures. He married Janet Buchwald, a theatre director, and in 1983 the couple and their first of two children moved to Sudbury and opened the FrameLoft and Gallery. Joel painted, mostly in watercolors, and created a series of graphic work, illustrations of Hebrew blessings, which he exhibits in Judaica galleries and promotes on his website, Hebrewblessings.com.
His art has ranged in style and subject. He worked on discarded library catalog cards, combining his love of words with his love of pictures. These were exhibited in 2009 at Gallery 1581, in Brookline. He then turned his medium to ink and charcoal, drawing mostly out of his imagination, people with their trophies. This series was exhibited at Fountain Street Fine Art, in 2012, in "Competition / Fragmentation," with Mary Spencer.
Also in 2012, the FrameLoft closed, after 29 years. Since then, able to devote more time to artwork, Joel has explored different subject matter, searching for his artistic "voice." He started by making portraits of hardware and tools, especially of the framing trade; then abstract forms inspired by spirals. During the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza he began his current series: one Hebrew letter at a time, with its corresponding Arabic letter, juxtaposed on the page. To follow the progress of this series, visit: https://www.facebook.com/JoelMoskowitzArtUpdate
Joel's art has been in several juried group exhibitions, including the Cambridge Art Association's 'National Prize Show', 'Off the Wall' at the Danforth Museum, and in the South Shore Art Center, the Brush Art Gallery, the Essex Art Center, the Ames Mansion, the b.j. spoke gallery (Huntington, N.Y.,) and the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (Loveladies, New Jersey.)
Joel is an associate member of Fountain Street Fine Art. His next exhibit will be June 12 through July 12, 2015, with sculptor Jaeok Lee.
He is also a writer, whose poems have appeared in publications including J Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Midstream, The Healing Muse, and Whiskey Island Magazine.