"... a kind of optical illusion of consciousness"

                                                  -Albert Einstein


 © 1997 - 2024 Joe Barbella

Joe Barbella

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    I graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA with a BFA in Illustration and painting. Most of my work is oil on canvas and is representational with a concentration in portraitures, still lives and landscapes. The portraits are an attempt to not only represent a person but to represent an emotion as well. One directional lighting is often used to sculpted the architecture of the model's face and body with what is traditionally called chiaroscuro. With a strong contrast between light and dark the body appears to dramatically step out of the darkness and into the light. My intention for the viewer is to focus completely on the subject matter or still life with no peripheral distractions. Thus I render a clean, uncomplicated and stark environment. Hopefully this alludes to a tranquil stillness within the painting and provides the viewer with some relief from the overwhelming stimulation of a seemingly complicated world in which we live.​

    Exhibits: 2008-2024

Appearance on "The 302" on MeTV

Rehoboth Beach City Hall collection

E-book anthology "Tasty Morsels"

Rehoboth Art League Fine Art Exhibitions

Zoom Event "Beginnings" Celebrating Writer's and Artist

Art In the Am, Rehoboth Beach Writer's Guild

Atria Gallery, Dual "Portraiture" Exhibition 

Da Vinci Art Alliance, "Perennial Visions"

Da Vinci Art Alliance, "Artist, Reader, Writer"

Perelman Center, "Celebration of Art and Life"

Philadelphia City Hall, "Summer of Love" 

University of Penn., International House,"Motion Pictured" 

Barnes Foundation, "Let’s Connect"

Philadelphia Sketch Club

William Way Center art gallery

PA Human Relations Art Initiative

Behind Closed Doors Gallery, Fabric Row

    As a musician I would fall into the adult alternative, or indie category. I started writing songs in high school with a guitar and found it far more entertaining than playing covers. Music has always been a venue for creativity and with the eventual help from DAWs (digital audio workstations) and music programs I found that writing and recording compositions, was not only possible with a guitar and vocals but with other musical instruments as well. I have self-published 5 CDs to date. I have spent some time playing out as well as concentrating on recording and production.


    Music venues:  1998-2024

Lefty's Lewes DE

Listening Booth Lewes DE

"Most Played Alternative Music" for "Rapture" on reverbnation.com

"Chart-Topping Phila. Artists" playlist reverbnation.com 

For "Rapture" and  "I Will Listen"

"Trending Alternative Music" playlist reverbnation.com

For "Peace Bird"

WHYY Music Library 

World Cafe Live, Philly Song Shuffle

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wednesday make it a night

Penns Landing Pride festivals

Philadelphia Fringe Festival "Strange Love" 

WXPN Gay Dreams, radio Appearance
Outfest Philadelphia

Pridefest, Philadelphia

Task Voice's "Victory Demonstration"

Barnes and Noble bookstores, PA, NJ

William Way Center

Doc Watson's Bar and Restaurant

Bob and Barbara's

​Samuel Adams Bar and Restaurant

Sisters, "Lifedance"

Franny's Place

Millennium Coffee

Last Drop, Antique Row 

Tin Angel, Old City