Joseph Comellas, a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico was born in Upstate New York. The frequent trips to the museums and galleries in New York City, influenced Joseph at an early age to study art and begin a life long journey as a professional artist. Then at the age of 15, Joseph moved with his family to Austin Texas. There in 1974, Joseph met famed artist, Amado Pena and a long term apprenticeship was formed. Joseph began selling his artwork professionally in galleries and traveled with Peña to art shows throughout Texas at the ages of 16 to 20. He attended, Southwest Texas State University on a full paid art scholarship from the Beard Foundation.
It was in 1982, when Joseph moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico after being drawn here on a previous visit with Pena in 1979. By 1985 Joseph was showing and selling his art in art galleries and shows throughout the American Southwest. Comellas’ art has been displayed in galleries in Santa Fe, Taos, Sedona, Scottsdale, through out Texas and primarily here in Santa Fe, is where he has built an international following of collectors in over 13 countries. This vibrant audience is truly a blessing in the art and life of Joseph Comellas. The longevity in the market has allowed for a constant development and growth as an artist and from that a unique body of art has emerged.
The American Southwest landscape with all its unique shapes, organic forms and dramatic lighting defines the painting of Joseph Comellas. These paintings that depict mountains, mesas and buttes, arroyos and rivers flown with abundant water speak volumes about that sense of place and peoples journey through that place in time and history.
As a colorist these paintings are created to resonate and lift the spirits of the viewer. As the light changes so do the paintings in magical ways that continue to delight on a daily basis. The shapes in the greater body of art has in themselves developed the identity of the paintings. There is a language in the shapes, a stillness and peacefulness that comes from that sense of place and belonging. The beautifully designed shapes welcomes the viewer iinto the paintings. There is light and joy in the use of color.
Jane Hamilton Fine Arts, Tucson Arizona
Santa Fe, NM 1986 to 2007
Pippen Meikle Fine Arts Gallery
Contemporary SouthWest Gallery
Amado Peña Gallery
Water Street Gallery
Joan Cauley Gallery
Carol Thorton Gallery
Taos, NM 1988 to 1999
The Variant Gallery
Arizona 1999 to 2007
Jordan Road Gallery, Sedona
Casa de Artistas, Scottsdale
Proctor Fine Art Gallery,Sedona