Joseph Ablow is active/lives in Massachusetts. Joseph Ablow is known for pastel still-life painting, art teaching.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Growing up in his birth place of Salem, Massachusetts, Joseph Ablow,
painter and art educator, early pursued his interest in art by spending
time from childhood at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He
studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, took a B.A. degree in
art from Bennington College, and an M.A. degree from Harvard
University. Among his art teachers were Karl Zerbe, Ben Shahn,
Oscar Kokoschka and Gyogy Kepes.
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From 1972 to 1995, Ablow was professor of art at Boston University, and has also lectured and written extensively about art.
He likes painting still lifes because he is painting from life.
Pastel is a favored medium because they "stay so crisp, especially if
one avoids over-blending." (31) Of still life as a subject, he
said: "I had found a subject and, in its unique way, a
non-subject that was both dynamic and passive. The ginger jars
and compote dishes were real, particular and palpable, and yet were
possessed of no inherent significance except as it might be revealed by
the painter in the context of a painting." (29)
His working method is to arrange his still lifes under the north light
in his studio. Before painting, he often lets the arrangement sit
for several weeks, making changes so that it seems 'right'.
Ablow shares his studio with his wife, Roselyn, who does monotypes and collages.
Robert K. Carsten, "Joseph Ablow", The Pastel Journal, August 2006, pp. 27-32
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