Joseph Skala has created his own unique style combining finely detailed representations of figures and objects with cosmic flowing energetic patterns of light. His dream-like art carries with it esoteric symbolism and mythical icons of divine spiritual beings. The depth in his use of color creates a sense of Old World Classical art. The architecture, the mystical creatures, and the human forms he creates on stretched canvas live in harmony with the misty swirling landscapes.
Joseph blends the metaphysical and physical realms into one; Drawing inspiration from the structures of sacred temples and the vibratory ripples of energy that flow through all life forms. This common thread in Joseph’s art invites the viewers to tap into their imagination – to peer into the great mystery of the universe – and to remember that there are infinite realities within ourselves.
“As a self-taught artist, I want to share the inspiration that flows through me. Art has impacted my life in many great ways, it is one of our greatest tools for telling the story of our evolution and transforming our own consciousness. I want to expand the ways art can change lives and transform and unite evolution physically, mentally, and emotionally”
Joseph practices this philosophy in his life and in his art.
He finds his way by crystallizing vision onto canvas which is directly linked and related to everything else he’s ever done and seen. All of it is a reflection of his relationship with himself on a path of introspection.
Oil paints are Joseph’s chosen medium for bringing these otherworldly visions to life.
Inspired by old world masters he utilizes a variety mediums and methods to achieve buttery smooth polished-stone-like finishes. Josephs first painting medium was watercolor which carries a heavy influence in his oil painting now. The love he had for the glowing luminosity achieved through watercolor painting has influenced Joseph to relay a similar more archival effect with the much more open and malleable oil paint.
Joseph’s fascination with architecture ties into his pursuit of some of the greatest mysteries of our time. Growing up in southwestern Colorado, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, near the ancient ruins of the Anasazi sparked an early interest in archeology. Upon finding out how little is actually known about the timelines of human evolution, he concluded that it goes far beyond what we’ve been taught as common knowledge. This mystery inspires him to use ancient architecture, Sacred geometry, and thin glaze layers to create depth and dimension in his art while hoping to invoke these questions and fundamental human emotions in the viewer.
Joseph currently lives upcountry Maui where he is developing his art and finding vast inspiration in the awe inspiring beauty of Hawaii. He is seeking ways to reach out and offer his art as a way that will make the world a more peaceful, beautiful, and harmonious place.