presents ArtWalls O’side at the Civic Center Library
Friday, April 3rd from 5:30-7:00 pm
Josephine Coyle – I believe all manifestations of art are landmarks in the progress of the human spirit as each work of art reveals something of the artist and of our world/universe. I feel my art speaks for itself – giving the viewer insights into existence, circumstances, and emotions = an additive and positive experience!
Josephine might well have been considered a child prodigy as the gift of art emerged at the age of 4. Growing up the message was often transmitted that art was not a viable career choice. However the prevalency of the gift and call to express was ever present.
In the sixties, in Florida, she commenced working in marine biology, coral reef ecology, collecting and cataloging fish, underwater still photography and filming. Josephine had photographs and article in National Geographic Magazine. Detailed pen and ink drawings of fish collected were done and published. During her years of diving and marine collecting she found new species of fish, mollusk and flora and has a new species of fish named after her.
Finally acknowledging and using her God given gift of art Josephine turned her attention to creating detailed pen and ink of animal life. This progressed into oil painting and sculpture. She began exhibiting in 1984 and had her first one woman show in 1989.
From 1989 to 1999 Josephine executed a series entitled “How a Woman Feels when….” symbolic images of women’s life experiences on the physical, mental and spiritual planes. One image, “How a Woman Feels when Liberated” was selected by NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) printed as a card and made available nationally. Another painting “Winged Hands of the Deaf” was released as a limited edition print/poster by the Hearing and Speech Agency of Baltimore, MD. During the years 2001 to 2008 she created large scale murals, scenic backdrops for plays, children’s programs and women’s conferences, did commissioned paintings and led drawing classes for children.
Josephine continues to paint images, in oil, acrylic and oil pastel, which are thought provoking and invite the viewer to venture inward. Selections of Josephine’s work are in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. archives.