Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Bliol.
Joseph, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art was something I did periodically throughout my life and was more of hobby than the primary focus. When it started to become more of a sincere aspiration of mine is when, roughly eight years ago, I stumbled upon a new way of seeing the world, a whole different perspective, which shed away an old paradigm of anthropocentric views. I came to realize the vast beauty of the world and the intricate interconnectedness of all things. I no longer felt the story I was told growing up was relevant anymore, asinine even. From that point forward I fell in love with the world and all the diversity that grew from it and used art to express this. Contrary to what we are told culturally, I feel as humans we are not the most important species on this world let alone the universe and that there is no one right way to live. The many facets of this world and universe lead to many different ways of life. Diversity not singularity is what makes this experience we call life beautiful. Which is why I named my art “New Story Art”. Through my creative expression I hope to help bring forth a new paradigm shift, a new story to be told. A story that acknowledges and promotes the sacredness of all things. Since then I’ve been continuing to develop my art by studying other artist and learning more about the world I’m apart of.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Primarily I do drawings and watercolor paintings, slowly but surely I’m moving into oils but as of now I’m still focused on watercolors. I don’t really have a label for my art in regards to style; I leave that to the interpreter and how they see my work. My art is a reflection of my views and how I see the world. My inspiration for my work comes from the diversity of life and interconnectedness that we share with all things on this world and universe. The many different cultures and forms of life I find intriguing and beautiful and influence what I put to paper. I regard this planet as my true home; I feel that I am born from this earth and from the life that came before me and in return give my life back to the next. The continuous flow of passing of life from one to the next is such a beautiful and sacred thing and I try to show it through my art. In that is my message that I try to convey through my work, the web endlessly woven that connects all of this. As an artist I feel it’s my place to expose certain lies we are told and bring attention to unquestioned assumptions we follow through life. As an artist I wish to paint the world not normally seen on an everyday basis, and give glimpses of the beauty that goes unnoticed. The one thing I hope people can take away from my art is some kind of curiosity of the world around them. The world is vast, so many stories out there to be told and heard, so many beautiful lives to be experienced and seen. I feel there’s a necessity to push the boundaries and see where life takes you.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
If anything and this isn’t exclusively for artists but more so for anyone who has a passion or a dream, is finding the dedication to continue with your craft. Finding the continuous drive and desire to keep at your craft day in and day out. There are many distractions in life that will try to take you away from your passion but keeping focused and not letting anyone or anything get in your way. I believe if you’re going to try then try all the way. Especially nowadays where social media and technology plays a huge role in our lives, finding that balance where you’re not entirely engulfed by the glamour of social media/technology and forget to work on your craft.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
As of now I mostly only post on Instagram (@NewStory_Art), but I do participate in local art shows here and there throughout the valley. People can show their support by giving a follow on Instagram if so, one way I would love support is by leaving your interpretations of my art either on the post themselves or by messaging me. I love to hear what people think of my work. I do post on Instagram when the next art shows I’ll be participating in will be. A website is in the works as well as other means of social media.
- Website: In the works
- Email: NewStoryArtWork@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/newstory_art/