Harvey Joiner

(American, 1852-1932)

Born in Charlestown, Indiana, northeast of Louisville, Kentucky, Joiner displayed an early talent for the arts. Early accounts of his artistic training are contradictory, but current scholarship places him in St. Louis in 1874, where he began his tutelage under German painter David Hoffman. Joiner emerged on the Louisville art scene a year later, quickly making a name for himself with an extraordinary body of work based upon a simple compositional format. His format was based upon two constructs: the great sense of depth and perspective the viewer experiences standing at the precipice of the forest; and the suggestion of elevation conveyed to the viewer’s consciousness. Today his work can be found in the permanent collections of multiple Kentucky institutions

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