Artist of the moment…….Joseph Edward Southall

The last two works in the gallery are self portraits done by the artist.

Joseph Edward Southall was a British painter born in the year 1861 in Nottingham, England. Southall painted in a realistic style and was among the foremost artists to use tempura as his medium of choice. The artist took part in the Quaker lifestyle and remained a Quaker throughout his lifetime. Southall was renowned for his portraits, murals, and decorative art painting. His father owned a grocery store but died shortly after the artist was one year old.

For his collegiate education Southall attended architecture school at a leading local firm and also enrolled at the Birmingham School of Art. The artist thought that architecture students should be more experienced in basic arts and crafts including carving and painting.

Was a president of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $250,000.

Southall was inspired to use tempura by the great painter John Ruskin. Southall had an uncle who was a personal friend of John Ruskin and showed Ruskin some architecture work done by Southall. Ruskin was so impressed he offered Southall some commissions. The project was stopped short of completion, but showed what a great draftsman Southall had become.

In addition to tempura Southall pained with watercolor on vellum.

Southall married a cousin of his named Anna Baker.

In this clip a great montage of works by Joseph Edward Southall:

After World War 1 began, this put a huge damper on his painting exploits. As a Quaker and life long Pacifist, he felt it was important to spread the word of peace. At this time the artist made several entries to magazines dealing with political cartoons.

After the end of the war Southall traveled to many locales and painted tremendous scenes of the landscape in watercolour. These locales include Cornwall, France, and Italy. The artist also did portrait requests of wealthy patrons, similar to John Singer Sargent except Southall’s patrons were mainly Quakers.

Southall gained a reputation for being a decorative painter who was extremely skilled at using the color red.

Joseph Southall passed away in 1944 at the age of 83 years old.


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