Joseph Loughborough (b. 1981) is a British artist and skateboarder who spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture, living in London, Paris and currently Berlin, while earning a number of awards on the way. Honesty, expressionism and catharsis can be read from his impulsive and intuitive mark making, which strive to grasp a comprehension of the human condition. Drawing inspiration from various themes concerned with Camus/Kierkegaard’s notion of “Absurdity”, each drawing becomes a decadent theatre of emotion, sexuality and movement. Lonely human forms seem to struggle and ponder the sporadically lit space they occupy without reaching the point of a dramatic emotional encounter, while couples and groups of people, cling together searching for an antidote to the revelations of their existence. No specific conclusions can be made to the meaning of the individual works aside from the acknowledgement and indulgence of image, expression and technique while questions are frequently asked of the viewer about how we interpret our oft-untold fears and desires. Joseph’s work has been exhibited in his native UK and also Germany, France, Belgium and the US, while some of his works belong to private and public collections around the world.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Joseph Loughborough