Joel was born in South Africa and moved to the UK in 2001. Since arriving in England he has studied at Loughborough, Bolton and is currently completing an MA at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Over the past few years Joel has exhibited in galleries and art fairs in both England and South Africa and his work has proven very popular with the public.
Joel’s work focuses mainly on people in urban environments with specific attention to body language and strong dramatic sunlight. Over the past few years he has produced numerous series of paintings based on London and the south of England. He says about his work:
‘Having grown up in Africa has affected the way I see light. I seem to intensify it in my paintings. I enjoy the idea of painting English scenery with an African palette.’