artist - bon vivant - provocateur
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Joe Waks is a painter, printmaker and photographer who resides in beautiful Bayonne, New Jersey. He is also an attorney who for the past 18 years has worked at the highest levels of local, state and federal government in his beloved Garden State. Waks’ mixed media creations underscore his passion for politics a… Read More
Joe Waks is a painter, printmaker and photographer who resides in beautiful Bayonne, New Jersey. He is also an attorney who for the past 18 years has worked at the highest levels of local, state and federal government in his beloved Garden State. Waks’ mixed media creations underscore his passion for politics and popular culture.

Waks is an audacious commentator on these kooky times. Observant as a seasoned reporter who never leaves home without his “Little Pad of Ideas,” he doesn’t let a headline, artifact or slice of pizza get by him. Though he can be accused as absent-minded - Waks has been known to leave his personal effects on the roof of his car as he speeds off - he is constantly unearthing the teeny-tiny things that go unnoticed by both serfs and royalty alike.

We live in an era in which our nation’s greatest endowments to humanity are Internet porn, the AR-15 assault rifle, stuffed-crust pizza and “reality” television. Waks’s creations serve as a commentary on the kooky, interconnected world in which we live. He seeks to temper reality - America’s faded grandeur and current status as a junkie desperately seeking a fix of cheap Chinese-made sneakers and flat screen televisions - with a heapin’ helpin’ of humor, a super-sized serving of irony and a couple of squirts of hope.

Joe Waks was a 2012 Fellow at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey and was a 2008 New Jersey Print and Paper Fellow at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Waks has had numerous solo and group shows at galleries in New Jersey, New York, Miami and Philadelphia, including three highly successful solo exhibitions in 2010 and 2011. Waks made his New York City solo debut at R.Jampol Project(s) in May, 2013. His works are in private collections in New York City, Los Angeles and in many others in the United States and Canada. Waks is also in the permanent collection of the Jersey City Museum, Hudson County Community College and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, part of one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, acquired nine of his paintings for its renowned collection.
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