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Degree Show 2020

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Joshua Wells
please be nice to me
Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
Joshua Wells
please be nice to me

“the convergence of a living reality and a dream”  -Andre Breton

For Joshua Wells, art can explain the inexplicable and describe the indescribable. When he was admitted to an Early Intervention Service for Psychosis,

“the feeling of experiencing something that is so paradoxically psychotic when compared to ‘Reality’, is something that was, and still is profoundly bewildering.”

Psychological manifestations have been uncovered in many states, such as emotion, body communication, dialogue, childhood, and behaviours. Wells works on the blurred line between reality and delusion, informed by advances in research into communication patterns and their correlation in psychology.

He uses the Surrealist technique of Psychic Automatism as a tactic to articulate aspects of his unconscious, emulating a confrontation with the psyche, manifest through raw, vulnerable depictions of the human form, visualising intense psychological states.

Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
guys that dont vibe – Joshua Wells – JOSH WELLS
digital painting 20 x 30cm
Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
him_004
Oil on board
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me when i’m eating fistfuls of shredded cheese at 3am and mum turns on the light – Joshua Wells – JOSH WELLS
acrylic, oil, pastel and ink on canvas, 80 x 105 cm
Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
preverbal cortex
Oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 80cm x 125cm
Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
screaming
Acrylic and oil on unprimed Canvas
Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
started at 1:34pm 25/06/20 stopped at 3:13pm 25/06/20 so I could have a cigarette. started again at 9:38am 8/07/2020 and stopped at 5:04pm so i could have done dins
Acrylic oil and ink on canvas, 1m x 1.5m
Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
stepping on a lego at 3am – Joshua Wells – JOSH WELLS
Oil and ink on canvas, 80cm x 100cm
Image of Painting By Joshua Wells
the unconscious dictation of the unconscious
Oil and acrylic on Paper, 1.5m x 10m