Who is Joe Average

Joe Average is a 62 y.o. Vancouver-based artist.  In the 1970’s he started exploring drawing and photography. In 1984, he was diagnosed with HIV, prompting him to put his aspirations into action by making a living from his artwork.  Using vivid colours and bold lines as structural elements, Joe created highly stylized paintings.  In 2010 he started photographing again creating a series of self-portraits to document his struggles with lipoatrophy.  Joe has lent his name and art to many social and humanitarian causes in Canada and has received countless awards and citations for his philanthropic work. In 2019 Joe was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint  to design a coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.  

An Example Of My Work

Bee Line

I was almost halfway through painting this canvas, I had been working on it for weeks. It was about 11 am and I had been painting since early in the morning ...

One World One Hope

This image was commissioned and designed for the 11th international conference on AIDS. What I wanted to express in this image with the stained glass ...

Born to Pollinate

After I designed the bee that I used for my painting "Bee Line" I knew I had to paint him again but in a setting this time. I chose a Casablanca Lily for it to be ...

Unconditional Love

The painting came about because I was commissioned to do a painting of a jaguar (cat). So I started sketching out cats and came up with one I liked except it ...

Floral Fatigue

I love flowers. Sometimes the head of the flower gets so beautiful and large that the stem tires out and has to have “lie down”. It seems to happen to tulips the most.

Fall Equinox

There is a nice peaceful area I like to sit at in Stanley Park. For years I have been going there, mostly just to sit, think, sketch or write, away from the noise of the city ...

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