Finger in the Hive

Haley Josephs

Friday, September 7-Sunday, October 7, 2018

Finger in the Hive is a selection of nine new paintings by Haley Josephs. It is the first solo show by the artist at 315 Gallery.

Depicting various stages of life, these nine portraits read as contemporaneous yet timeless. Femininity is a repeated motif in her paintings, though the figures often move beyond the individual and depict archetypal women that transcend time and place. Notable is the surrounding environment and actions of the characters that seem to forebode an impending phenomenon.

Employing fantastical elements, Josephs suggests a world that may never be realized, or one that can only be imagined. Her paintings reveal a sensitivity to understanding the idiosyncratic nature of human experience and its multitude of emotive states.

Rendered with tenderness, the portraits turn inward, which is often symptomatic of adolescence. They reveal deep intrapsychic conflict, and consider the duality between existing in a shared external reality while simultaneously internally experiencing one’s own thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Steeped in the weight of time, the paintings become an exercise in remembrance, somewhere between the ineffable and the real. They act as a reminder that human beings are meant to feel.

Haley Josephs (b. 1987, Seattle WA) is a Brooklyn based painter. She received her BFA in Painting & Drawing from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2011, and her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale University in 2014.

Haley Josephs   Climb Everyone Mountain, Ford Every Stream,  2018 Oil on canvas 89 x 72 inches

Haley Josephs
Climb Everyone Mountain, Ford Every Stream, 2018
Oil on canvas
89 x 72 inches

Haley Josephs   Stargazer,  2018 Oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches

Haley Josephs
Stargazer, 2018
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

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Haley Josephs   Spiral Bubble,  2018 Oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches

Haley Josephs
Spiral Bubble, 2018
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches

Haley Josephs   Teenage Dream,  2018 Oil on canvas 48 x 36 inches

Haley Josephs
Teenage Dream, 2018
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches

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Haley Josephs   Organs of Perception,  2018 Oil on canvas 89 x 72 inches

Haley Josephs
Organs of Perception, 2018
Oil on canvas
89 x 72 inches

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Haley Josephs   Sippy Cup Girl,  2018 Oil on canvas 42 x 39 inches

Haley Josephs
Sippy Cup Girl, 2018
Oil on canvas
42 x 39 inches

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Haley Josephs   Memory Eternal,  2018 Oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches

Haley Josephs
Memory Eternal, 2018
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches

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Haley Josephs   Hum,  2018 Oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches

Haley Josephs
Hum, 2018
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Haley Josephs   Fairy,  2018 Oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches

Haley Josephs
Fairy, 2018
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches