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Self-Taught & Visionary Art in New Zealand

Joe Combs
(d. 1990), Wellington

The artist worked in relative solitude in his back shed. He worked a desk job for the railway department. He produced writings and drawings and figurines. The figurines represent his most comprehensive body of work.

Joe was self-taught but culturally informed and his work to me is a blend of knowing-design and reference, as well as an intuitive response to the formal qualities of the material at hand. Joe seemed to be aware of tribal art but may not have been familiar with the type of surrealism that could easily sit beside his work.

It has been suggested that the sexual content of some of this work was offensive to his immediate family. The work was never shown, and became the property of a neighbour after his death.


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