English painter. He was essentially self-taught and turned to in his mid-thirties after abandoning a career in advertising. His work of the 1960s was boldly geometric, relying on primary colours and on optical effects; during this period he also produced outdoor and colour walls of art environment . In the 1970s his paintings became smaller, more private and meditative, coinciding with his increasing interest in poetry, philosophy, metaphysics and music. From 1971 he adopted a basic format for acrylic paintings such as Dark Blue with Black Border
1979; Southampton, C.A.G.), consisting of a central rectangle of one colour surrounded by a border of a darker hue, with the proportions and colour relationships precisely gauged to convey emotional states and different qualities of light. His work is distinguished from other art by its fusion of a sensibility, as represented by the late work of Mark Rothko, and a sense of attested to by his allegiance to the of Claude Lorrain and Richard Wilson.
Peter Joseph: Paintings, 1973–1983 (exh. cat. by J. H. Neff and others, Chicago, IL, Mus. Contemp. A., 1983)