The meaning of L by Ty Joseph

Updated: Feb 26, 2019



"At some point you come to realize that biographies are very subjective. I would want my biography to be the first letter of my birth city - which is H, and the first letter of my adoptive city, which is L. There is much one can paint just from that."

LA-based painter Ty Joseph is on the rise – an artist to watch.

Although influenced by Pop Art, with its bold, eye-catching images and impersonal approach, at the core of Ty Joseph’s work is an intrinsic desire to express individuality, elegance, and social interactions by applying symbolic overtones. Working with vivid, distinct colors on large canvases, Ty infuses his sense of identity into each of his works with signature sweeps of L-shaped patterns. When viewed from a distance, these patterns create an illusion of unity that, upon closer inspection, reveal a much more complex, multi-faceted image, much like the idea of individuality itself. Ty lives and works from his residence in Hollywood. His first art book, The Meaning of L, was presented to public for the first time on December 12th, 2018.

Photography by Gilbert Molinet

Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery (GDCA) is pleased to host Ty Joseph’s first solo exhibit, where he will reveal a comprehensive body of work from 2017-18. Since his first appearance on the art scene, Ty has been a sought after artist by both private collectors and art enthusiasts alike. Born in Hamburg, Germany and raised in Israel, Ty spent two years touring America as a musician before finding a true home in Los Angeles and returning to his first love, art. His work has been featured in a handful of group showings exhibiting a selection of both established and emerging artists. The meaning of L is a journey across Ty’s evolvement as an artist exploring the topics of his choices as they had been reflected through his paintings, such as the search for a definitive identity and social conditions. Join us for the exhibition opening night Thursday, December 13th Ty Joseph will be including copies of his latest book covering the body of work in parallel with his thoughts.

“I like to think that my artwork comes out of nowhere or nothing, because this would make it very pure. But I know it's not. Nothing ever comes out of nothing, and nothing is never really pure. It's not that I think about what I do too much, but it's more about what I discover later. In the beginning when people started to ask me about the meaning of my L's, I didn't know what to say. I thought they came out of nowhere. But now I say that they stand for 'Los Angeles', or they stand for 'elegance', or they are the missing syllable from my name when I changed it to Ty. But when it comes to my art as a whole, portraying elegance is very important to me because very few seem to care about elegance anymore – especially in art.”

- Ty Joseph

“Vibrant. Enigmatic. Meaningful."

Photography by Gilbert Molinet

Since 2010, GDCA’s thought-provoking curations have caught the eye of collectors and captured the hearts of LA’s artsy crowd. Offering a dynamic mix for their clientele with an ever-growing number of innovative artists joining the Gloria Delson family, the rapidly successful gallery has become a destination for artists and collectors who want to be a part of something visionary. Attracting a wealth of high-profile clients, GDCA offers a thoroughly delightful experience in Downtown’s Gallery Row.

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