Joseph Goldberg

Nationality: American

Affiliation: Northwest Artist

Joseph Goldberg was born in Seattle in 1947 and raised near Spokane in eastern Washington. He attended the University of Washington but quit school in 1968. He lives in Soap Lake, Washington. Goldberg began his career during the 1960's creating small landscape drawings and paintings on paper in which small shapes floated within larger planes of color. Somewhat surrealistic, these paintings leaned toward the abstraction that ultimately defined his early career. By 1975 the floating shapes became more gestural in larger works in oil or wax over linen stretched over wood panels. In the early 1980's, Goldberg perfected the technique of encaustic painting for which he became most well known. Among the holdings of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture are one large encaustic painting from 1988, a work on paper from 1991, ten drawings from the 1960s and 1970s, and one sculpture.

Sources: Collection records, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane. “Joseph Goldberg” [electronic document] (Seattle, Washington: Greg Kucera Gallery, accessed 16 July 2006); Internet.