About


Joe twirling hoola hoop photo

Statement

I am a painter. I love the stuff of painting; the elusiveness of colors, inventing forms with space, real or imagined, reacting to everything that’s thrown my way through working with the subjects I choose. My intent is to portray the feelings and experiences I have with my subjects using both representational and abstract elements.

My current subject is desert flora. Every cactus is unique, with different colors, different shapes, different personalities and I work to capture a visual story of each cactus’s individual nature. Working with multiple, thin layers of transparent washes, and thicker layers of opaque paint combined with vigorous lively marks.

I have painted for forty years and I now paint every day. With all this time and practice I have achieved a kind of flow, or sense of being in a zone. This is the reward. This is why I paint.

As a kid I found this “zone” playing baseball. From age five to twenty-two I practiced the fundamentals of the game. The fundamentals of baseball are simple. Either you do right with a base hit or you strike out. I remember there was always a dramatic crisis as the players battled each other for every home run. Comparably, working to capture my subject while in the zone, the romance of painting replicates that great dramatic crisis. What will be the outcome? Will I have a hit or strike out with this painting?

If I have a hit, then the entire emotional and visual story of my subject becomes a shared event with the viewer and challenges their perception.


Bio

Joe was born in Hollywood, California, where his parents owned the first Middle Eastern restaurant in the region. The youngest of 6 children, Joe developed a natural aptitude for baseball and it quickly became a serious passion. After a stint in the Marine Corps, Joe moved to Tucson and enrolled at the University of Arizona with the intention of playing baseball. Starting as a freshman was a dream come true, however, he injured his shoulder and the dream came to an abrupt end. Now with a huge void in his life, Joe turned his attention to creativity and academics, earning his BFA at the UofA and his MFA at the University of Iowa.

After graduate school Joe returned to California and jumped into teaching at California State University, Sacramento. After a few years he was selected for an Artist-in-Residence Ford Foundation Grant through the University of Georgia. The grant gave Joe one year to focus solely on painting, and included an incredible 11 week trip to Italy, where he executed a series of watercolors culminating in an exhibition in the city of Cortona. For the next six years Joe enjoyed living in Athens, Georgia and teaching at the University, where he continued to develop his painting technique and began selling his artwork.

Joe returned to Tucson in 2005, where he became energized by the creative environment and you’ll find him in his downtown studio just about every day. Joe has been showing with Obsidian Gallery in Tucson and his paintings and collage work have been invited to hang on the walls of other Tucson galleries including Davis Dominguez, Raices Taller, Tohono Chul Park and Dinnerware. One of Tucson’s most awaited arts events is the annual Open Studio Tour sponsored by the Tucson Pima Arts Council. Joe has been on the tour for eight years running and has served as co-chair of the committee from 2009 to 2011.

Joe Hatton’s current focus is on desert flora. In his processes of painting and collage-making, Joe attempts to tell a visual story of the cactus’s individual nature, exploring how he sees and reacts to its color, shape and texture.


Resume

JOE HATTON
Artist
Tucson, Arizona
www.joehattonart.com

EDUCATION

  • 1975 MFA, Painting, University of Iowa
  • 1974 MA, Painting, University of Iowa
  • 1972 BFA, Painting, University of Arizona

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • 2007 Individual Artist Grant, Visual Arts, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2006 Visiting Artist, Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, Arizona
  • 1978-1979 Artist-in-Residence, Ford Foundation Grant, University of Georgia

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2005-Present Instructor, Basic Design, Drawing and Watercolor I
    Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2005 Spring Professor, Beginning and Advanced Painting
    University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy
  • 1998-2001 Instructor, 2-D Design
    Moorpark College, Moorpark, California
  • 1981-1982 Instructor, 2-D/3-D Design and Color Theory
    Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1978 Instructor, Painting
    University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy
  • 1977-1978 Instructor, Design
    California State University at Sacramento, California
  • 1973-1975 Teaching Assistant, Art Forms I, Painting I, Watercolor, and Analytical Drawing, University of Iowa

NON-TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2009, 2010 Co-Chair, Open Studio Tour Committee
    Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2009 Public Art Panel Member
    Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2007, 2008 Grant Panel Member
    Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2006-2010 Committee Member, Open Studio Tour
    Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1988, 1990 "Out Reach" Art Workshops
    Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Workshop Leader in Painting
    State High School Art Symposium, Athens, Georgia
  • 1979-1981 Academic Advisor
    University of Georgia, College of Arts and Sciences, Athens, Georgia
  • 1976 Guest Lecturer in Painting
    California State University at Sacramento, California
  • 1974 Multi Media & Video Workshop
    Center for New Performing Arts, Iowa City, Iowa

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2009 Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2007 ArtCulture Partnership Gallery, Exhibit with Artist Slide Lecture, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2007 Rancho Linda Vista, Summer Residency Show, Oracle, Arizona
  • 2002 Orlando Gallery, Encino, California
  • 1996 City Center Gallery, Burbank, California
  • 1992 Moorpark College, Moorpark, California
  • 1982 Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1981 Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1979 Forrest Avenue Consortium, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1979 University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • 1976 Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California
  • 1976 Artist's Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, California
  • 1974 University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2009-Present Obsidian Gallery, Staint Philip's Plaza, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2011 Davis Dominguez Gallery, 19th Small Works Invitational, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2011 Pattern and Rhythm, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2010 Jewish Community Center Gallery, Studio Tour Artists, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2010 Lulubell Toy Bodega and Art Gallery, Los Dias de Los Muertos, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2009 Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop, How Brown Am I?, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2009 Gallery 801, Studio Tour Artists, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2008 Galeria Mistica, Studio Tour Artists, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2008 Dinnerware Contemporary Arts Gallery, Dream Makers: New Works from Citizens Warehouse, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2007 Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop, ¡Carnaval!, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2007 RLV Gallery at Rancho Linda Vista, Two Artist Show with Bruce Houston, Oracle, Arizona
  • 2006 Faculty Show, University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy
  • 2006 Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop, Small Works Show, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2005 Pima Community College Faculty Show, Clements Center Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2005 Mostra, La Primavera, UGA Faculty and Student Exhibition, Cortona, Italy
  • 2001 Neighbors, Moorpark College, Moorpark, California
  • 2001 From the Drawing Room, Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California
  • 1998 Moorpark College Faculty Exhibition, Moorpark, California
  • 1982 9th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athens, Georgia
  • 1981 Georgia Southern College Faculty Exhibition, Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1981 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athens, Georgia
  • 1980 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athens, Georgia
  • 1979 Spectrum #1, Athens, Georgia
  • 1978 University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy
  • 1976 Crocker-Kingsley Annual, Sacramento, California
  • 1976 Artist's Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, California
  • 1975 Artist's Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, California
  • 1975 University of Iowa MFA Graduates' Show, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1975 Iowa State Historical Society
  • 1975 Galex IX, Galesburg, Illinois
  • 1975 University of Iowa
  • 1974 12th Mid-Mississippi, Davenport, Iowa
  • 1974 26th Annual, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1974 8th Annual, Muscatine, Iowa
  • 1974 Tri-State Exhibition, Platteville, Wisconsin

Works in private collections in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, California, Texas, Arizona and Cortona, Italy.

To make an art purchase or studio appointment email hello@joehattonart.com