"I composed my recent colour works by spontaneously drawing out horizontal and vertical lines in thin willow charcoal on bright white grounds. I could then erase and redraw the lines up or down, to the left or right, adding or subtracting until a free-flowing feeling was attained with the resultant rectangular shapes. I then painted each shape in multiple layers, making many adjustments in tone, texture, saturation and hue, to create bold contrasts, visual harmonies and vibrant atmospheres. For me, this intuitive process expressed an inner vibration, as if I were an instrument playing out a natural rhythm."
Joseph Siddiqi is a Montreal-born artist working in painting & drawing. He holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University and has been awarded grants for his work by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association. Siddiqi has held solo exhibitions at Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art in Calgary, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill in Ottawa, and Maison de la Culture Mercier in Montreal, as well as group exhibitions at Athabasca University in Alberta, the Art Gallery of Regina in Saskatchewan, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. Siddiqi's paintings can be found in public and corporate collections including the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, Colart Collection in Montreal, and Hotel Arts in Calgary, as well as in private collections across Canada.