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 with 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 the Art Gallery of Regina in Saskatchewan, Athabasca University in Alberta, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. Siddiqi's paintings can be found in private and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, Colart Collection in Montreal, and Hotel Arts in Calgary.
Siddiqi's recent work explores relationships of colour, geometry and visual perception in painting. He works on stretched linen with white grounds, and starts his compositions by drawing out horizontal and vertical lines in black chalk — moving the lines up and down, to the left and right, adding and subtracting — until a free-flowing feeling is attained with the resultant rectangular shapes. He then paints each shape with layers of colour, making many adjustments in tone, texture, saturation and hue, to create bold contrasts, visual harmonies and vibrant atmospheres.
Joseph Siddiqi is currently represented by Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art.