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My husband and I met Jospeph Bottari about a year ago.  He was working to open a contemporary art gallery in Lambertville, NJ – a town known for its antiques, Victorian architecture, and traditional cultural offerings (in other words, the antithesis of contemporary art).  My first impression of Joseph: a whirlwind of energy, ideas, and ambition – a refreshing addition to the local landscape.

Crayola Spectrum in Suspension, Joseph Bottari

Crayola Spectrum in Suspension, Joseph Bottari

In just one year, I’ve seen his work progress in remarkable ways. With roots in street culture and skateboarding, his early work riffs on graffiti graphics, using bold colors and letterforms.

DiGiEQS, Joseph Bottari

DiGiEQS, Joseph Bottari

As he’s gotten more interested in art worlds beyond the street (i.e. the gallery art world), he’s developed several new bodies of work influenced by abstract expressionism and pop. Clearly drawn to a bold, saturated palette and open to experimentation, here are some of Joseph’s newer paintings:

Striking the Chord No.1, Joseph Bottari

Striking the Chord No.1, Joseph Bottari

Union Jack Nautical, Joseph Bottari

Union Jack Nautical, Joseph Bottari

Most recently, Joseph has taken what he’s learned from the gallery world and combined it with his street roots to launch the DOPE project – a contemporary take on Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE graphic.  He’s making prints, pendants and wheat-paste signs in eye-popping colors.  They are truly dope.

Dope Stencil in-progress, Joseph Bottari

Dope Stencil in-progress, Joseph Bottari

Dope Stencil in-progress, Joseph Bottari

Dope Poster in-progress, Joseph Bottari

Dope Pendant, Joseph Bottari

Dope Pendant, Joseph Bottari

You can buy his pendants here.  Or, visit his studio / gallery at 202 North Union Street, Lambertville and meet Joseph in person.

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