Joshua Langstaff has always been drawn to representational painting. “Abstraction has its value”, says Langstaff, “but to me painting is at its best when pictorial construction, in an abstract sense, is married with the magical illusion of naturalism. I think a sense of realism allows a deeper emotional response from the viewer, and that is what I am interested in.” Langstaff’s work ranges across traditional genres and themes.
Langstaff studied traditional painting techniques with Juliette Aristides in her acclaimed Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He has studied with other master representational painters including Anthony Ryder, Michael Grimaldi and Steven Assael. He was also a member of Jacob Collins’ Hudson River Fellowship for its first two years.