Artist Spotlight

The St. Louis Public Library's Artist Spotlight highlights the work of professional local artists who are making an impact on the St. Louis community.

Selected artists and their work will be featured online for two months, by invitation only.

Featured Artist: Joshua Chapman

I began tattooing in Madison, WI during my final year of college. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin and spending a few years honing my skills, I moved to St. Louis after receiving a job offer to work at Iron Age Tattoo Studio.

While tattooing affords me an immense artistic outlet, I have continued to explore the more traditional approach of brush and paint. It has also afforded me the chance to travel and be influenced by the visual traditions of other cultures. 

For the last few years, I have gone to tattooing by appointment only, focusing on larger custom projects. This has given me more time to focus on painting, and exploring ideas and techniques, which are not always possible in the tattoo medium. In the past 10 years, I have shown at a number of galleries for group events, including the now defunct PHD gallery in 2013, more recently at Houska Gallery, and the new Fifteen Windows Gallery.

This July and August I will be exhibiting at both locations of the Missouri Athletic Club, and in October will be my first solo show since Componere Gallery in 2014. It will be titled “Guardians & Gateways”, showing mid-October through mid-November at Fifteen Windows on Cherokee St. 

I was influenced at an early age by faerie tales, stories of mythology, and fantasy and dream-like realities they represent. My work in recent years draws from this subconscious reality to reflect more specifically the idea of thresholds or gateways, between realms of consciousness or existence, along with the guardians or guides to these transitions. 


Previous Artists

November-December 2020: Cbabi Bayoc

January-February 2021: Tiff Sutton

March-April 2021: Samantha Hunerlach

May-June 2021: Janie Stamm

July-August 2021: Stan Chisholm

September-October 2021:  Marina Peng

November-December 2021: Gonzalo Jove

January-February 2022: Sarah Paulsen

March-April 2022: Basil Kincaid

May-June 2022: Metro Academic and Classical High School

July-August 2022: Ilene Berman

September-November 2022: Edo Rosenblith

December 2022-February 2023: Misato Pang

March-April, 2023: Tucker Pierce

May-July, 2023: Evan & Stacey Smith

August-September 2023: Metro Academic and Classical High School

October 2023-January 2024:
Bob Thomas

February-March 2024:
Neeka Allsup



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