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Joseph Siddiqi

Part-time Faculty, Painting & Drawing, Studio Arts

Office: S-VA 239 
Visual Arts Building,
1395 René Lévesque W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4262


Joseph Siddiqi is a Montreal-born artist working in painting and drawing. He holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University and has been awarded grants for his work by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association. Siddiqi has held solo exhibitions at Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art in Calgary, Galerie St-Laurent Hill in Ottawa, and Maison de la Culture Mercier in Montreal, as well as group exhibitions at Athabasca University in Alberta, the Art Gallery of Regina in Saskatchewan, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. Siddiqi’s paintings can be found in public and corporate collections including the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, Colart Collection in Montreal, and Hotel Arts in Calgary, as well as in private collections across Canada.

"Disentangle", oil on linen, 42 x 60 in. (107 x 152 cm), 2020

Research activities

I am currently working on a series of abstract colour paintings inspired by my research into the methods of the old masters. I'm interested in how early Renaissance artists created their paintings indirectly using methods of preliminary drawing, under-painting and glazing; this tradition of separating form and colour into distinct paint layers, with "colourful" greys underlying transparent colours to create optical mixtures, is something I've been working to achieve with mediums created from contemporary materials including natural and synthetic resins, waxes, oils and pigments. I'm fascinated by how the play of colour and light in the eye creates sensations in the body and stimulates the mind, and am developing a more abstract approach to painting in order to further explore the subtle nature of this inner experience with colour. 

Teaching activities

Online Summer 2021

PTNG 300: Painting II
Mondays & Wednesdays, 13h30-17h30

PTNG 400/450: Painting III/Advanced Studio in Painting
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 13h30-17h30

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