Joe Dias is a Cumbrian Fine Artist who was born in Carlisle in 1956.
He studied Fine Art at Carlisle College of Art and Design and then Newcastle-upon Tyne Polytechnic from 1976-79 where he gained an Honours Degree.
In 2008 he completed an MA in Contemporary Fine Art at the University of Cumbria. In 2009 he gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cumbria.
Environments which inform Joe’s work are chiefly: the Solway Firth and its surrounding area and the more remote locations of the Lakeland Fells.
Joe works from his studio in Raughton Head near Carlisle, Cumbria. His work has been sold world-wide and is available from this site or through local galleries.
Prices for original work (not prints), range from £300 to £1300.
Red dots beside titles denotes either sold or not for sale.
If you would like to visit Joe in his studio at Raughton Head near Carlisle to see more new work, please use the contact link.
“For many years I have lived and worked next to the Solway estuary, I still fish in it using the traditional Haaf net.
Since childhood, I’ve been acutely aware of the action of the tide; a place that was safe to walk on yesterday can today be too treacherous.
I hope that my paintings in some way convey the idea of the impermanence and shifting nature of the Solway estuary and also the influence of the weather over time on this environment.
“I live close to the northern bowl of the Lake District and try to paint the fells with the evidence of human intervention – walls, buildings, paths and agriculture but with nature always victorious.
I try to portray the land returning to its original state as an optimistic rather than a pessimistic view.”
“I am interested in all aspects of Cumbrian life and industry. One area of exploration is the Vickers ship building yard at Barrow-in-Furness. These paintings explore the life and issues arising from the Trident class submarines.
Before ship building at Barrow, airships were built and used to patrol the coast looking for enemy submarines during the First world War. His Majesty’s Airship 4 had some hair-raising incidents in its life but mainly when it was trying to dock.”
“Cumberland wrestling is usually performed on grass at country fairs, but by leaving out the Lake District backdrop the eye is forced to concentrate on the action of the contestants and their traditional embroidered costumes.
The other figures I paint, are often participants of Cumberland shows or local athletics.”
“Boxing objects together- positioning them into a narrative of sorts is very satisfying. These boxes tell stories and hold memories of people, places and times. Some have information about incidents and ideas.
Initially I studied sculpture on my fine art degree, later moving on to printmaking; now I seem to paint most of the time but my ‘Old Self’ is obviously still apparent in three dimensions.”
All of these works are available as Giclee digital prints, our largest standard image size is 550 x 400 mm. Individual prints can be customised to your required dimensions.
They are mounted on archival quality board.
Each unframed print costs £100 and an oak-framed print costs between £150 – £200 dependant on size.
Please enquire if you would like to purchase multiple prints or you have a question about frames or postage.
Work Previously exhibited at:
|Queen’s Hall Arts Centre,
|Upfront Art gallery,
|Tullie House Gallery,
|Abbot Hall Gallery,
|Northern Lights Gallery,
|Shire Pottery gallery & Studios,
|Waters & Acland,
|Castlegate House Gallery,
|Percy House gallery,