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About Joss

Art found me, rather than the other way round.

After a serious back injury in 2003 I was told I may never walk again. During a lengthy recovery my son brought me an easel and some old acrylics and told me to play with the paint. ‘What a joke,’ I thought, ‘ I can’t even draw a straight line.’

‘Just express yourself’ he said… so I did. I just loved the bright colours and the ways I could use them to express how I was feeling. My mood – and recovery – improved instantly!

During this time I realised that I was drawn to African-style art; the strength, the emotion, the colour just fills my heart with joy. I guess this should have come as no surprise to me because I was born and lived in South Africa for 38 years before coming to the UK. I grew up with the wide open plains of the savanna, the African villagers and their vibrant spirit, the colours, smell and energy of the marketplace at dawn. Africa is always with me.

Since I started selling my work online in 2009 my art has sold in the UK, France, Holland, South Africa, Kenya, America and Australia. What a thrill to sell my first piece and to this day I still feel excited every time one of my pieces finds its way to a new home.

After 44 years of teaching I am now happily retired and have even more time to enjoy painting. I am passionate about creating work that is soulful and I feel grateful to have many supportive collectors around the world who love my art.

I use a wide range of media including oil pastels, acrylics and inks and a variety of techniques, all helping to create distinctive and unique images. I take a lot of inspiration from Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinsky and the Impressionist painters.

I exhibit annually at two main events in London: the contemporary Flux Exhibition and the prestigious Mall Galleries Pastel Show where I was awarded the Pastel Society Catalogue First Prize in 2018.

My art is permanently displayed in a gallery in Greenwich London and at an African Gallery in Saugatuck Michigan USA. The limited edition Giclée prints of my work are also popular and my Greeting Cards are stocked in shops both here in the UK and also in the USA.

Galleries & Exhibitions

Jonaquest Art Gallery
Greenwich London UK
(2017 – present)

Amazwi Art Gallery
Saugatuck Michigan USA
(2018 – present)

Nude Tin Can Gallery
St Albans UK
(2017 – present)

Flux Exhibition
London UK
(2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Pastel Show | Mall Galleries
London UK
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Main Street Gallery
Cambridge Maryland USA

Exhibition | Menier Gallery
London UK

Solo Show | Funky Afrika
Camden London UK

New Artist Fair
Islington London UK


© Joss Rossiter 2019
      Website: Neil Rossiter