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Biography

Joshua Langstaff
B. 1978, Michigan

Joshua Langstaff has always been drawn to representational painting. “Abstraction has its value”, says Langstaff, “but to me painting is at its best when pictorial construction, in an abstract sense, is married with the magical illusion of naturalism. I think a sense of realism allows a deeper emotional response from the viewer, and that is what I am interested in.” Langstaff’s work ranges across traditional genres and themes. On one easel he might have a serene landscape while on another a chilling murder scene.

Langstaff studied traditional painting techniques with Juliette Aristides in her acclaimed Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He has studied with other master representational painters including Anthony Ryder, Michael Grimaldi and Steven Assael. He was also a member of Jacob Collins’ Hudson River Fellowship for its first two years.

In 2009, Joshua was named one of “21 Under 31, Artists to Collect Now” by Southwest Art Magazine. His work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine and in several art instructional books including: Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier by his former teacher Juliette Aristides. One of his sketches is currently featured on Utrecht Art Supplies drawing pencil sets.

Langstaff is a two time recipient of the Stacey Foundation Grant for representational artists. His work was selected as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon in the Figurative category in 2010 and in the Still Life category in 2011. In addition to receiving many portrait commissions, his work has been shown at the Guild of Boston Artists, at the Wendt Gallery in California and at galleries in Seattle, New York, and Michigan.

Joshua is a proud native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula but now makes his home in Portland, Maine. Although not a New Englander by birth, he has an uncommon link to the region. Family tradition holds that the Langstaffs are directly descended from the English adventurer John Smith, who gave the area its name in 1614. When not painting, Joshua enjoys hiking and exploring the coast and mountains of his adopted home with his wife Anna, and their dog Copley.

 

Education

2004-07 Juliette Aristides Classical Atelier/Gage Academy Seattle, WA

2007 Steven Assael Workshop Seattle, WA

2006 Anthony Ryder Workshop Seattle, WA

Michael Grimaldi Workshop Seattle, WA

2003 International School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture Umbria, Italy

2001-03 BFA, Figurative Sculpture, summa cum laude, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

1999 Art Students League New York, NY

Exhibitions

2011 Annual Regional Painting Competition,

Guild of Boston Artists Boston, MA

2010 Champions of Realism, Wendt Gallery Laguna Beach, CA

2009 Small Works, One Forest Gallery Portland, ME

2008 Jacob Collins & The Hudson River School,

Kaaterskill Fine Arts Hunter, NY

Portraits by Joshua Langstaff, Medici Gallery Traverse City, MI

2007 Holiday Group Show, Elka Rouskov Gallery Kirkland, WA

May Group Show, Elka Rouskov Gallery Kirkland, WA

Joshua Langstaff & Tenaya Sims,

Elka Rouskov Gallery Kirkland, WA

2006 Drawings and Miniatures, Elka Rouskov Gallery Kirkland, WA

Reunion of Raven, Condor and Eagle,

Daybreak Star Gallery Seattle, WA

2005 New Classical: Works from the Aristides Atelier,

Fountainhead Gallery Seattle, WA

2004 In the Beaux Arts Tradition, Rosen Gallery Seattle, WA

2003 University of Michigan: Drawings, Galleria ISA Umbria, Italy

Undergraduate Exhibition and Awards, Work Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

U of M Art Students League,

Michigan Union Art Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

Studio 15, Underground Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

Grade A Select, Work Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

2002 U of M Student Awards Competition, Slusser Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

1999 Drawings from the Class of Michael Burban,

Councours Gallery New York, NY

Awards and Honors

2011 Art Renewal Center Salon Finalist

2010 Art Renewal Center Salon Finalist

2007-08 Hudson River School for Landscape Fellowship

2008 Stacey Foundation Grant

2007 Stacey Foundation Grant

2006 DeZordo Scholarship

2005 Art Renewal Center Scholarship

Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship

2003 Barbara and Dorothy Heers Award

Selected Bibliography

2011 Lessons in Classical Drawing, Juliette Aristides, New York; Watson-Guptill Publications, 2011

2009 Southwest Art Magazine, 21 Under 31, September 2009

2008 Classical Painting Atelier, Juliette Aristides, New York; Watson-Guptill Publications, 2008.

2007

Utrecht Art Supply, Cover Art for Drawing Pencil Set

Teach Yourself Visually Drawing, Fisher & Robinson, Visual, 2007

The Artist’s Magazine, Learning Through Imitation by Juliette Aristides, May 2007, Pages 66-70.

The Stranger, Art School Confidential by Jen Graves, April 26, Pages 18-21.

2006 Classical Drawing Atelier, Juliette Aristides, New York; Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006.

2005 The Artist’s Magazine, The Drawing Board by Juliette Aristides