Born in 1984 in Oneonta, NY, USA
Lives and works in Ithaca, NY, USA


Resolutely American, Josh Sperling’s work follows in the tradition of the "shaped canvas" and minimalist paintings of the 1960s and 1970s. Sperling (born in 1984 in Oneonta, New York) uses intricate and sinuous cutting to define the outline of his works, often adding three-dimensionality under the surface of the canvas. By using these techniques Sperling continues the exploration of the sculptural potential of painting. Sperling cites “Googie” signage, the futuristic architectural style born in California in the mid-twentieth century, among his influences. The short-lived Memphis furniture trend of the 1980s is also an inspiration. The movement's philosophy condemned “good taste” by emphasizing absurd shapes and outrageous colors. More canonical sources like Jean Arp’s kidney-shaped wall-reliefs, for instance, or the motion lines surrounding Keith Haring’s figures are also echoed in Sperling’s vocabulary of forms. Steeped in design, pop culture and the history of art, Sperling's works – part paintings, part sculptures - boldly burst from the walls; movement always seems imminent.  


- BFA, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam NY

solo shows

- "Two Purple Tigers", Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea (forthcoming)
- "Chasing Rainbows", Perrotin, Paris, France

- "Man Child", Bill Brady Gallery, Miami, FL

- "Strong Silent Type", Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, NY

group shows

- "From the Cradle to the Grave" with Sam Friedman, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
- "Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist", Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
- NADA, Sorry We're Closed, Miami, FL

public collections

- Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France 

  • February 2018
    Les Inrockuptibles — 1 PAGE

  • January 2018
    Beaux Arts — 2 PAGES

  • January 2018
    Modern Painters — 2 PAGES

  • January 2018
    Libération — 1 PAGE

  • January 2018
    The Steidz — 3 PAGES