Featuring Joseph Adolphe
11 May–14 June 2020

Oil on canvas painting of a collection of white plates and white roses against a neutral background with splashes of pink and blue by Joseph Adolphe titled Anniversary no 9. Oil on canvas painting of a blue dog standing above what may be a puddle and against a dark background by Joseph Adolphe titled The Entrance. Oil on canvas painting of a floating white object—a crumpled paper? a swath of fabric?—above a neutral landscape and blue sky by Joseph Adolphe titled A Message no 6. 

HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Interventions, a solo exhibition of Joseph Adolphe’s enigmatic and dramatic paintings. 

Adolphe (b. 1968, Calgary, Canada) makes paintings that are at once personal and yet universal. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, Adolphe uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different issues simultaneously. The work incorporates time, space and personal symbolism—a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.

His paintings are a record of aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material that seeks to give shape to his personal view of the world that lies beyond our sensory perception. His works seamlessly interweave memories and intuitions with premonitions, warnings and hope all woven together in a story that reveals itself one painting at a time and in no conceivable order or progression, much like a waking dream unfolds. By challenging the differences between the concrete world we live in and the forces of the spiritual world that dominates our internal moral machinations Adolphe presents us with images of battle, be it personal and spiritual or real and potentially bloody in order to connect the two and weave a visual experience that in his own words, “tries to give form to the forces that shape created things.”

His works never show the complete form. This results in the fact that the artist can easily shape his personal interpretations of a subject without being hindered by historical reality. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to

Anniversary no 9, oil on canvas, 65 x 72″ (165.1 x 182.9cm)
The Entrance, oil on canvas, 60 x 55″ (152 x 140cm)
A Message no 6, oil on canvas, 80 x 72″ (203.2 x 182.9cm)