A Silhouette of Streets Delivers Him


Name: Joey Monsoon
Statement: My figures and portraits hover somewhere between reality and myth. Their worldly weariness is revealed through a dream-like lens. They are not so much portraits of people as they are portraits of emotional triumphs and failures. We don’t always know their stories, yet in our gut we know how they feel.

"Who we are as individuals is informed by the place where we live our lives. This figure embodies the the grit, the beauty, the determination and creativity of Columbus." Joey Monsoon is a self-taught figurative artist who lives in Columbus, Ohio. The characters he depicts in his paintings show weariness from the toil of life, yet a will to endure the struggle. His signature figures gaze out from his paintings engaging the viewer with dynamism. Their assertive eyes shift the paradigm of viewer and subject. The relationship is mutual and it is Monsoon’s hope that the viewer feels this returned gaze and in turn absorbs the strength of the figures he depicts. The imperfections of his subjects are made material in the painterly marks upon their faces and chests. Subtle shifts in color, tone, and line are signifiers of an artist who relishes the material of his craft. By embracing the imperfect, he reveals what truly makes us human.
Artwork Owner
Short North Alliance

Lindsay Gallery

Short North Temporary Mural Series, Six in the Short North

Installed: 2017

Info about this place
Street Parking
Wheelchair Accessible

700 N High St
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Franklin County



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