2008 Artist's Interview in ArtSlant
Q. During what time frame were the different theme
groups of paintings that are shown on the "Artwork" page painted?
How do they
Colors in Motion is early work from 1986 to 1991. This was a period of
rapid experimentation, and the paintings presented here include lead paintings
from several sub-themes during this time period: thematic paintings (Durer's Dream), pastoral and tropical abstractions (Sun
Shower), forests (Cross
Currents), and grasses, thickets and waterways (Out
Perspectives series includes works painted between 1990 and 1996 by the
artist to counteract the intense colors that characterized her earlier expressive
paintings. These works were essential to the development of the next series
Shades of Green which includes works painted between 1994 and 1999. The
artist continues to paint these highly individualistic treescapes from time to
time for artistic reasons and by special request or commission. The
Identities series of paintings began in 1996, as the artist was exploring
her own roots and thinking about art that has inspired her over the years.
These paintings, which are highly personal in subject matter, eventually merged
with the Shades of Green series in the late 1990s. Beginning in the late 1990s,
the artist began working on a series of paintings called
Nobody's Real, in which the artist pursues "figuration" on her own terms.
She continues to work on this theme today, and it has developed into the
series of paintings in the
Globalization theme. The
Nature Reigns theme group includes paintings that were completed during 2002
and 2003. These paintings facilitated a transition to the Globalization series.
Q. How long has the artist been
painting, and what was her early involvement in art and inspiration?
Josephine Haden has been drawing and
painting since early childhood. Her parents encouraged her artwork as much as
they encouraged her education. She traveled extensively with her parents
throughout her childhood, visiting numerous museums and natural wonders in the
United States, France and Germany. Her paternal grandfather Julian Trousdale
Haden (J. Trousdale Haden) was a great inspiration to her. He was a painter who lived most of
life in Nashville Tennessee. He taught her how to use pastels and introduced her
to figure drawing. The artist studied art and art history throughout her
childhood. She worked with several different artists including an accomplished
Mississippi portrait painter and a Sumi-e master and author. Also important to
her early artistic development was her French family who instilled in her an
appreciation for antiquities and an interest in baroque art. The artist's
maternal grandmother and grandfather were art collectors in Paris, France. Her
grandmother started an antique business, A George V (26 rue Clement Marot, Paris 8e,
France), which closed in 2009 after 80 years as the family business.
Q. Are the paintings shown on the
web site all for sale?
The web site includes paintings that are for sale,
as well as works that are in private, public, and corporate collections.
For information about the availability of a painting, you can send an e-mail
Also refer to Links for galleries that
currently show the artist's work.
Q. Does the artist have other
works that are not shown on the web site?
the artist has other works that are not shown on the website.
Q. Does the artist work on
Yes, private commissions, but not
public commissions or mural projects.
Q. Does the artist have any works
Yes, click here to see
some works on paper.
Q. Does the artist have any
Yes, click here to see
Q. Are there prints or photographs by the artist?
At present, there are no authorized multiples of
Josephine Haden's work available. However, recently she has been
experimenting with some original digital pigment prints based on her paintings.
Her photography is mostly for reference purposes.
Q. What is the artist working on presently?
The artist is currently working on a
new video and paintings.
Q. What is the video
installation referred to in her recent solo exhibition?
In her last solo exhibition,
the artist projected a video that she produced onto her painting "Into the Blue."
The video is composed of multiple tracks, including animation taken from images
in her paintings, video that she filmed in Normandy (Etretat, Villerville, and
Trouville), France, and video of a young ballerina star that she filmed on green
Q. What art or artists have
influenced her work most?
There are many influences that Josephine Haden takes over and
makes her own. The artist appreciates the work of all artists from the past
and many contemporary artists. However, they do not necessarily directly inspire her work.
Her favorite artists include, but are not limited to: northern renaissance and baroque
painters for the charm of their compositions including animals and
plants, early French painting from the late Middle Ages to early Renaissance for expressive figuration and simplicity; Michelangelo for the "in your
face" colors/surface quality and composition of the Sistine Chapel;
Rembrandt for the composition and "light" quality in his engravings; ancient
Chinese landscape painting; her own grandfather's paintings and drawings; Van
Gogh for clarity of form and color; surrealists painters without the rhetoric;
pop art because it throbs with color power; and contemporary artists like Anselm
Kiefer for reconciling the conceptual and expressive, and William Kentridge for
his novel combination of landscape and figuration. She is also very engrossed
with contemporary trends in advertising and pop culture from which she
draws figures in her current work. Recently, she has also become
interested in American artists from the Hudson River School as can be seen in
is based in part on Asher Durand's "Kindred Spirits" as a starting
point. More information about the artist can be found in a feature
Q. How can I be notified about
exhibitions and other news about Josephine Haden's work?
You can join the artist's private mailing list by clicking
(The mailing list is used exclusively by the artist and not shared with other
parties.) You can also contact the galleries listed under
links that show her works on an "ongoing" basis.