Sunday, August 1, 2010

(Social) Realism: Dominica

Tam Joseph (1947)

Tam Joseph (born Dominica, 1947) is a British painter, printmaker and sculptor. One of his best known paintings is his 1983 work "Spirit of the Carnival", a reference to the Notting Hill Carnival.

Joseph came to London at the age of eight, and in 1967 enrolled on art classes at the Central School of Art, continued by a painting course at the Slade School of Art, University of London. His work is often figurative and centred on the themes of reality, or rather the surreality, of life in the city. He lives and works in London.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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