His early education was very versatile and included both the performing and visual arts. Despite his obvious talent for painting, in 1967 he enrolled into university to study languages and literature in order to pursue a teaching career..
This was interrupted in 1970, when due to political unrest, he decided to immigrate to Australia, where he saw an opportunity to return to art. He continued his formal education at DEAKIN UNIVESITY, Melbourne, graduated in 1974, gaining a DIPLOMA of ART, majoring in INDUSTRIAL DESIGN. During this course he began to paint again achieving instant success at art competitions, winning his first major art award in 1975.(Corio Council Art Award, Judged by Richard Heffernan,Head of Deakin Art Faculty)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS （重要經歷）
In 1978 he took up painting full time quickly establishing himself as one of the leading artists in this country. To date he has had over 40 solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, London UK and San Antonio, Texas USA
He is a member of the Victorian Watercolour Society and its vice president from 1991 to 1994 and was also invited to join the Australian Guild of Realist Artists in 1988 . He has been a member of the Victorian Artists Society since 1988 and a teacher at Charles Sturt University, Mitchell School of arts. He is also a long serving member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. In 1998 he was nominated and excepted for the esteemed membership of the Australian Watercolour Institute and became a VRC member in 1998.
He has won over 200 awards in his career including the coveted Gold Medal for best painting at the Camberwell Rotary Art Exhibition three times.The panel of judges was chaired by Richard Stone portrait painter for the Royal Family. Other awards span over 20 years and are just too numerous to mention
- 1991 - 1994 Vic President Victorian Watercolour Society
- 1988 Australian Guild Realist Artists
- Victorian Artists Society
- Teaching at Charles Sturt University, Mitchell School of Arts
- Australian Watercolour Institute
- Twenty Melbourne Painters Society
- 2001 Gold Medal "Best Painting in Show" Camberwell Rotary Art Exhibition
- 2003 Gold Medal "Best Painting in Show" Camberwell Rotary Art Exhibition
- 2004 Gold Medal "Best Painting in Show" Camberwell Rotary Art Exhibition
- 1991~1994 維多利亞水彩協會副理事長
- 1988 澳洲寫實派藝術家公會
- 2001 坎伯韋爾旋轉藝術展最佳畫作金獎
- 2003 坎伯韋爾旋轉藝術展最佳畫作金獎
- 2004 坎伯韋爾旋轉藝術展最佳畫作金獎
In1998 the Chairman of VRC, Andrew Ramsden opened Joseph’s exhibition “Racing Victoria”, introducing him to the racing fraternity. His passionate paintings depicting all aspects of racing industry have quickly found patrons resulting in major commissions of Testa Rossa, Tie the Knot, Redoute’s Choice and many other paintings portraying equine subjects depicting morning trackwork,country meetings and other behind the scene subjects.
In 2001 the VRC commissioned Joseph to produce a painting of the mounting yard at Flemington which was presented to the retiring committee member Brian Beaty.
In 2001 he was commissioned by Radio Sport to provide artworks depicting thoroughbred racing, trotting, greyhounds, cricket and football for their new boardroom and offices in Elisabeth street.
For three years he was chosen by theVRC committee to paint the Champion Racehorse of the year. Sunline, Northerly and Lonhro.These are now ipart of VRC permanent collection.
Castlemaine Regional Gallery and Historical Museum, Grafton Regional Gallery,Mimara Museum of Fine Arts, Commonwealth Art Bank, Sheraton Towers Melbourne, numerous Municipal and private collections worldwide.
Melbourne Fine Art Gallery, Melbourne,VIC. Artarmon Galleries, Sydney,NSW. Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane,QLD. David Sumner Gallery Adelaide,SA.Tyron and Swann Gallery, London, UK , Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of the Australian Arts, Hutchinson, 1978 and subsequent editions. Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painting 1780 to the Present Day, Craftsman House 1990. Tom Roberts, the Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists, Graphic Management Services 1991. Australian Watercolour Institute, 75th Anniversary Publication, the Beagle Press 1998. The Best of Watercolour, Vol 3, Selected by Serge Hollerbach and Bettie Lou Schlemm, Rockport Publishers Inc 1999.
Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of the Australian Arts, Hutchinson, 1978年以後之各版本
Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painting 1780 to the Present Day, Craftsman House 1990
Tom Roberts, the Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists, Graphic Management Services 1991
澳洲水彩畫會, 75th Anniversary Publication, the Beagle Press 1998
The Best of Watercolour, Vol 3, Selected by Serge Hollerbach and Bettie Lou Schlemm, Rockport Publishers Inc. 1999