‘To understand the work, you need to know the artist a bit. Joe Sweeney is quick. He’s quicker than the red arrows or crack head scuttling passed you on their way to score. His humour is a squeeze of lemon juice in a paper cut you didn’t know you had- he’s not mean but my god his euphemisms, puns, jokes and harsh realties are so nail bitingly close to the bone it makes you want to be vegan. Joe is a one-man band, and where there is a fine line between inspiration and obsession, Joe strides over it, sits on top of it and plays with it like a cat does a mouse. He can capture the sights that wander by us daily, unnoticed and forgotten, from seaside Britain in the 70s to “U OK HUN??” millennials of the now, his work is frighteningly of the now with scratchy echo’s of the past too.’
– Harriet Verney, 2017
Joe Sweeney grew up in North London, the son of an entrepreneur father and a illustrator/ artist mother, he graduated from Chelsea College of Art, BA(Hons) 2013 and now works out of the darkened basement of his Brixton dwellings.
He works with a visual language created through British idiosyncrasies, everyday references and the banal, commenting on our fast changing times by elevating the throw away. Playing with Britain’s passion for nostalgia, he often creates morbid but humorous work through sculpture, print and installation. His first solo show ‘Take Away’ was at the Cob Gallery, March 2016, in Camden; after which he partook in a month long installation project-cum-bar with fellow artist Byron Pritchard, ‘Quality Produce’, September 2016. For his latest solo show he is back at the Cob Gallery with a month-long exhibition titled ‘Loose Change’ closing 13th January, 2018.
His limited edition book entitled ‘Loose Change’ is available via Cobgallery.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
’10’, February 2011, New Gallery, Camberwell
‘And Forget’- March 2011, St. Pancras Church, Crypt Gallery
‘COMM.’-January 2012, Bussey Building, Peckham (Curator)
‘Resembling Ham in Taste’, March 2012, Mori + Stein Gallery, Camberwell
‘ThunderFlux’, May 2014, HaHa Gallery, Southampton
‘Over and Out’, May 2014, Imperial Works, Forest Hill
‘PseudoCrem’, July 2014, Unit 2, Stoke Newington
‘Take Away’ solo show, March 2016, Cob Gallery, Camden