Local Artist Joe Velez Showing Latest Work at GPs in Hamilton Park

Local artist Joe Velez was born and raised in Jersey City, and he has lived in almost every neighborhood, from the Heights to Greenville. His Facebook page showcases expressive portraits done in oil and pencil.

“Jersey City has no doubt been ingrained in to who I am as a person and as an artist. Also the many talented and passionate artists and arts professionals who live here now are a constant source of inspiration,” said Velez.

On Thursday September 5, GP’s will be hosting an art opening for more than 20 paintings and drawings that Velez has created within the past 12 months.

“The best thing about having a show there is that my work will be exposed to a wider audience. In addition to those who regularly attend art events, other patrons will hopefully walk away with a positive, unexpected experience with my paintings and drawings,” said Velez.

Velez describes his art as figurative or realist.

“What I push for is to suggest the actions and thoughts of the people I portray without describing them too literally. The space left for interpretation is what I find most appealing about art. The universality that allows for anyone to mix their own life experience with the work and to feel that they ‘know’ what they are seeing,” he said.

The Joe Velez Art Opening takes places at GP’s Hamilton Park (236 Pavonia Avenue) on Thursday, September 5 from 9 to 11 pm. Velez’s work will be up through September, and is an official stop of JC Fridays.

Also checkout JCI‘s highlights of events for this quarter’s JC Fridays by neighborhood.

Photo by Joe Velez

Laryssa Wirstiuk

is a writer who teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Born and raised in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, Laryssa moved to Jersey City because she was curious about the city where her mother was raised. Check her blog Craft Your Drafts.