Joseph Watson: Stories Without Words

Stories Without Words represents 15 years of art produced by Las Vegas painter and illustrator Joseph Watson. Influenced by his observations, Watson’s artwork contains underlying stories based on the celebrations and challenges of life. The artist’s signature “urban-style” paintings are equal parts grit and whimsy, usually offering hope and inspiration.

Narratives inspire each piece Watson creates, but his objective is to encourage viewers to look deep into each piece and discover their own story: “I want to let each piece speak to you without the distraction of a written narrative. Your interpretation is just as essential as the image itself. Without the engagement from the viewer, the image isn’t complete. It is a collaborative effort.”

Joseph Watson, also known by his signature “JOEE,” grew up in Gardena, CA. After graduating from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA, he began applying his artistic hand to a variety of outlets including creating concepts for video-game companies, designing toys for Mattel, mentoring other artists, donating his time to philanthropic endeavors, producing public art, and developing children’s books (most notably as illustrator for the Go, Go, Greta series). In addition to his art making, Watson owned and operated one of Las Vegas’s most impactful Arts District galleries for over 12 years.

On exhibit at Whitney Library from June 23, 2022 through August 21, 2022

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM