“My earliest ocean memory has to be visiting my Nan at her villa in Matalascañas, Spain, I was around 6 years old. I remember being at a beach shack with all my family after swimming and playing on the beach. We sat for lunch looking out over the ocean, eating grilled sardines."
Joe Cruz is based in London, and his multicultural background; Britain, Spain, Austria and France, can be seen in his eclectic work. His art is described as a study of beauty and emotionally charged. His love for art history is reflected throughout his work, making reference to renaissance subjects and abstract influences. Cruz combines hands on methods with low-tech materials to create something energetic, primitive and striking. The strongest themes running through the work are of unity, acceptance and respect which he celebrates through appropriation, mark making and bold use of colour.
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