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Joshua S. Franco

Acrylic Paintings

Mother of Pearl
Vine of Life
Beginning With Hope
Art Journey New Mexico: 104 Painters' Perspectives
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Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

84"H x 60"W

Vine of Life

Vine of Life

Acrylic on Canvas

77"H x 25"W



Acrylic on Canvas

12"H x 6"W

Beginning With Hope

Beginning With Hope

20"H x 20"W

Art Journey New Mexico: 104 Painters' Perspectives

Art Journey New Mexico: 104 Painters' Perspectives

Over 100 contemporary painters from the New Mexico art scene as they share their favorite pieces along with firsthand insights on the inspirations and techniques behind them.

Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781600619939
Product Type: Hardcover
Other Features: 200 color illustrations

10.5"H x 11.75"W


Artist Statement

Growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, among the ghosts and mausoleums of industrial manufacturing, might have shaped me in a different way, had it not been for the influence of my mother, a talented painter who worked in oils. Endlessly inventive, unafraid of color, she instilled in me early on an appreciation for beauty and the profoundly personal understanding that, in this world, one could literally paint one’s self free - an idea that appealed to me.

It is my feeling that the great traditions live in all of us, and that alongside all of the ingenious novelties at our disposal, these traditions continue to inform art’s most imaginative and inspired experiments. Many of my paintings have a Surrealist influence. Working mainly with acrylic, I explore the complexity of relationships and the feelings that accompany them - love, desire, longing, fear - subjects familiar to us all. Of course, all of these topics are the order of the day in film, literature and music, but for me the rules of the imagination, the way chance and surprise provide unexpected twists of meaning, are what gives a painting its authentic surge, its real presence and power.

Studio in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and Downtown Albuquerque

Personal commissions available.


February 5 - 20, 2016

OpenArtCode Venice

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

May 30 - August 9, 2015

Solo Exhibit: A Mine Hole Adventure

Crayola Gallery | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Opening Reception: Friday, June 5th, 2015, 5:00PM-8:00PM

September 12 - October 1, 2014

Park Fine Art International Tour Show

Park Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM-Galerie 89, Paris, France-KIAF, Seoul, KOREA

July 5 - October 3, 2011

"Catching a Ray of Light in the Heartland"

Casa Rondeña Winery, 733 Chavez Rd NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 6th 5pm-8pm

September 22 - October 2, 2011

2011 International Tour Show

Chae-Um CC Gallery, Korea

Closing Reception: October 1 10am-5pm

September 21 - 26, 2011

KIAF - Korea International Art Fair

1F Hall A&B, COEX, Seoul, Korea

Exhibit Space A-71

September 14 - 20, 2011

2011 International Tour Show

Yu-Shin Museum of Art, China

August 5 - September 5, 2011

2011 International Tour Show

Park Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

Opening Reception: August 19 5-8pm

July 15 - 30, 2011

Catching a Ray of Light in the Heartland

Dos Lunas Gallery, Taos, NM

Opening Reception: July 22nd 5pm-7pm

June 9 - 15, 2010

2010 International Tour Show

Gallery Edel, Japan

Opening Reception: June 10th, 5-8pm

May 3 - 28, 2010

2010 International Tour Show

Park Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

Opening Reception: May 7th, 5-8pm

January 24 - April 18, 2010

Albuquerque Now: Winter

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, NM

Opening Reception: January 24th, 5pm

November 21 - December 15, 2008

New Works

Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Opening Reception: November 28th, 5pm

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