Joe Fleming is an artist who creates paintings that have a decidedly sculptural pull. Interested in form, texture, materiality, and perspectival confusion, he employs industrial polycarbonate, altering his surfaces in order to create a screen-like translucence that allows for the interplay of light and shadows. The transparency of the polycarbonate intensifies the viewer’s experience, dissolving the boundary between where the painting ends and the wall begins.
Fleming has exhibited nationally and internationally for over 15 years, with a recent exhibition in New York in 2014. His paintings are included in many public and private collections, including BMO Financial Group, Trimark Mutual Funds, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Malaysia), HSBC Bank, Australian High Commission, Canadian High Commission (Kuala Lumpur), the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Museum of Civilization (Hull, Quebec) and the Holocaust Museum (LA). In 2009 Fleming’s work was included in Carte Blanche 2: Painting – a survey of new Canadian painting and The 60 Painters exhibition in Canada. Toronto-based Fleming is represented by General Hardware Contemporary.