“One of the most important British Artists”, and “the successor to Francis Bacon and William Blake.”
Joe Machine is an English painter, illustrator and writer. Joe grew up in a violent environment around the bars and drinking establishments of the 'Cockney Riviera' and the dock towns of North Kent. He was exposed to stabbings and pub fights from an early age and first began making drawings of his experiences in primary school.
As his life spiralled into crime and disorder, he was sent to special school and young offender’s institutions for violence and theft. His colourful background includes involvement with illegal gambling, working as a bouncer in South East London and the rave scene of the 1990s.
He began making paintings in 1988 in an effort to visualise his life and environment. In 1999 he became a founder member of the Stuckists, the first anti-conceptual Remodernist art movement.
Known both for his stripped, pared down style and graphic depictions of sex and violence and beautifully symbolic paintings of nature, mythology and religion, he has been described by renown art critic Edward Lucie-Smith as “One of the most important British Artists”, and “the successor to Francis Bacon and William Blake.”
He has published several collections of his writing and exhibited paintings in some of the most prestigious galleries in the UK and internationally.
He is the winner of the Real Turner Prize in 2002 and Grand Prize Winner at the Cork Street Exhibition 2012.