Josephine Guida is a versatile painter who works in oils and other mediums, her works are both abstract and figurative, which are distinguished for depicting intricately constructed imaginary worlds which are often explorations into the self-autobiographical reflections of her life experiences, strong in religious undertones.
Josephine's works are characterized by an intense emotional power of often dark narratives and esoteric symbolism.
"For me, part of the magic of painting is in bypassing rational thinking where i can function in a proverbial state of awareness".
Josephine is from Adelaide, South Australia, and was educated as an art teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in fine Arts and Education.
Josephine Guida Artist Painter
Drawing upon her travels and life experiences of living abroad, she incorporates into her work a variety of theoretical ideas; the Freudian concepts such as the unconscious, repression, and latent/manifest content are especially important to the development of the image/painting. Such a range of influences serve to broaden her work giving it a more fluid open ended character that invites the viewer to appreciate it in their own way.
The unique combination of elements Josephine Guida brings to her work, artistic, personal and professional, gives her the credibility of an original. While each individual piece of hers certainly speaks for itself. When seen in the context of the artist's background, ideas and singular technique, it clearly gains a degree of vitality and significance that indicates the true measure of her work.
"Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond ant canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs; we love with our desire......."
"Paintings is stronger than i am, it makes me do what it wishes, to arrive at abstraction it is always necessary to begin with a concrete reality.....Art is a language of reality.....Art is a language of symbols". Extract from the Great Artist 1971 Picasso
1981 - 1986 - Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts
South Australian College of Advanced Education.
1989 - Flinders University - Dip. Ed. Adelaide South Australia.
1990 - 1992 - Worked in the arts in Italy.
1994 - 1996 - Secondary school teacher. Adelaide South Australia.