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Joseph Adolphe: Toro Bravo    Feb 9 - Mar 10, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 9, 6-8pm

BERTRAND DELACROIX GALLERY is pleased to announce TORO BRAVO an exhibition of recent works by JOSEPH ADOLPHE. Echoing the anxiety of an age marked by austerity and personal uncertainty, Adolphe’s subjects vary between the beaten down fighter, the agile and stoic beast, the exposed human and the vulnerable child – each of them leaving their life force in the ring. Strength and individuality are measured by their ability to endure the respective hardships of their personal confrontations with the world. They are brave despite facing a constant barrage of disappointments, setbacks and unfulfilled dreams. Any remaining optimism seems to slip into darkness. While the trajectory of Adolphe’s paintings follows this same course there is nevertheless an illogical optimism reflected in the confident and powerful force of his marks and colors, as if to say that, ‘in spite of the downfall of the proud, we still stand, bloody and marked, broken, but beautiful’.

Joseph Adolphe was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada in 1968. He moved to NYC in 1992 to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he received an MFA in 1994. His work is mostly in private collections, as well as in several corporate collections. He currently teaches drawing and painting in the Department of Fine Arts at St. John’s University in New York, and lives in New Haven, CT with his wife and seven children.

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