JOSEPH DANIEL “MCCLØZKEY”, a native of the Greater Philadelphia Area, began skateboarding at the age of 5. Introduced to photography at 9 years old, he was able to express his love for street art and skate culture by capturing it on camera. Joseph entered the fine art world as a hobby, merely a means to help him find his voice. As demand increased and his art became more noticed, Joseph chose to dedicate his time to sharing his vision with his community. Inspired by modern design aesthetics and the vibrant colors of street art, he developed painting styles which allowed him to translate messages of raw emotion that pertain to his life. His signature Roman numeral encrypted language concept emerged soon thereafter. The concept translates with any traditional T9-style cellphone keyboard, where each number represents a letter. Those letters spell words, phrases and journal entries in relation to his life. Joseph’s works can often include colorful and dark abstractions which are inspired by music, famous abstract expressionist's styles with his own twist and the genuine emotion felt at the time of painting. In his mixed media works, he implements photographs of celebrities & cultural icons to relate the emotion of the painting to the photo of the person. Joseph pulls inspiration from all aspects of his life and continues to use fine art to grow and communicate with his audience.
"My goal is to not only give the viewer something to relate to, but to ignite deep emotion and curiosity as well. As art has done a lot for my life, bringing me new perspectives & understandings, I wish the same for my collectors. Thank you for all of your continued support."
-JOSEPH DANIEL MCCLØZKEY