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ABOUT JOSEPH GRICE

My name is Joseph Grice. I'm an illustrator from Jamestown, New York. 

My family is very creative, and I was surrounded by art and music throughout my entire life. I have always been creating images from as far back as I can remember. I would watch my mother and older brother draw and paint. I knew it was part of who I was, and that I would be doing it for the rest of my life. I became obsessed with books by Arnold Lobel and Shel Silverstein, bringing their influence with me into adulthood. I would also read through field guide books by Jamestown native, Roger Tory Peterson. His scientific bird studies would end up inspiring my most recent work. 

I graduated with my AS from Jamestown Community College in 2007, and received my BFA from SUNY Fredonia in 2010. My concentration was in Fine Art, however my love for illustration has continued to have an influence on the style and look of the work I create.

 

My primary subject matter for the past 6 years has focused on birds. I feel as though birds are like living paintings, with their bright colors and patterns, I am always in awe of the complexity that each species displays. I also feel as though birds represent a certain type of freedom that humans are fascinated by and possibly long for in some way.

After teaching at a fine art studio in Charlotte, NC, I have since relocated back to my hometown of Jamestown, where my wife and I recently had our first child and purchased our first home.

In September of 2022, I completed an artist residency at Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and had a solo exhibition there from June-October 2023. I was able to study Roger Tory Peterson's original works spanning his entire career from the 1930s through the 1990s. I created a new series inspired by my findings at RTPI, and have gained a lifetimes worth of perspective and inspiration from the residency.  

This website contains a collection of my finalized work, but if you would like to see my ongoing work, or parts of my process, feel free to click on my facebook and instagram links! 

If you wish to commission a new artwork, please contact me at JosephGriceArt@gmail.com. Visit my Shop for original works. If you're interested in prints, please visit my Etsy page. I also have a Society6 page with coffee cups, phone cases, blankets, and other items using my digital illustrations. 

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