Joshua Huyser

Joshua was born and raised in Montana. He received his M.F.A. at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in Iowa City, Iowa in 2001. He has taught at the University of Northern Iowa and Montana State University. In 2002 he was a guest professor and lecturer at the Herzen Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia working with both American and Russian art students. After moving to Minneapolis in 2005 he began working in the commercial film industry while continuing to exhibit nationally. He was a 2016 McKnight finalist and currently lives in Shoreview, Minnesota. He actively exhibits, most recently in Marseille, France and London, England, and has work in both public and private collections nationally and internationally.

Artist Statement:

Over the past several years I have been working on multiple series of various types of objects.  While my subject matters are typically chosen for formal reasons, this body of work is more personal in nature.  This exhibition presents a small survey of a series of drawings and paintings of tools and toolboxes inspired by my father.  Having grown up in an entirely self-sufficient family in Montana, he has acquired quite an impressive array of tools and knowledge over his lifetime.  I grew up around his shops and sheds filled with various specimen baring the scars and bruises of a lifetime of use.  For me these objects represent strength and perseverance in the face of the struggle to survive in a harsh climate such as Montana or Minnesota and they are presented here purely and directly, removed from any context.  As Jim Harrison, the late great author explains, “I like grit, I like love and death, strangeness and infinity.  I’m tired of irony.”


Joshua Huyser "Striped Thermos" | 2015 | watercolor | $500.00
image: 15 x 8.5" | unframed

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