Joanne Mattera

Joanne Mattera is a studio artist whose focus is lush color and geometric composition, an aesthetic she describes as “lush minimalism.” She has had solo shows in New York Cityat the Stephen Haller Gallery, where she was a represented artist, andat OK Harris Works of Art, where her second solo with the gallery, “Silk Road,” took place in May 2007. She has also participated in group shows at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Thatcher Projects, the Heidi Cho Gallery, and Garson Baker Fine Art.

Joanne is represented by galleries around the country, including the Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta; Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York;  DM Contemporary, Mill Neck, Long Island;  Adler and Co., San Francisco, and the Arden Gallery, Boston, where her 22nd career solo, “Contemplating the Horizontal,” will take place in December 2008. Her work is included in the  international curatorial project, Geoform, an online collection of abstract geometric painting.

Her work is in the collections of  the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey;  Library Collections of the State University of New York, Albany;  Wheaton College Museum, Norton, Mass.;  numerous corporate collections, various embassies and consulates, and private collections in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia and the Philippines.

Joanne writes regularly on art topics and blogs avidly. Her book, The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax, is the standard reference on the subject, and her Joanne Mattera Art Blog ( has attracted a following in the blogosphere, especially her reporting of the annual art fairs at Basel/Miami. She is a co-founder of Art Bloggers @, a loose-knot, ad hoc group of online arts writers that convenes at the various art fairs.

She also curates occasionally. In Summer 2007 she curated the 14-artist “Luxe, Calme et Volupte: A Meditation on Visual Pleasure,” for the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta. “There’s a renewed desire in contemporary art for the elements that comprise formal ideas of beauty—harmony of order, pattern, shape, texture and color—put together in ways that evoke feelings of pleasure, maybe feelings of the spiritual as well,” she writes in the introduction to the online essay. “This may be an old-fashioned notion, but it’s back. Beauty is the new beauty.” (The exhibition and essay are accessible online at )

Since “art spills out in all directions,” as she puts it, in addition to her studio practice and writing, Joanne is a visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and the founder and director of the annual Encaustic Conference at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. She divides her time between New York City and Salem, Massachusetts.

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