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Last updated: 09/08/08

What’s New:
Library Exhibit — September 7 - October 4, 2008
Half Real – Half Abstract by Joseph Matose

The September 2008 exhibit in the University of Rhode Island Library Gallery is Half Real – Half Abstract, a collection of acrylic paintings and ink drawings by Joseph Matose.


There will be an opening reception in the Library Gallery on Saturday, September 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Beach - Distant Boats, 2007
Beach – Distant Boats, 2007

About the Artist

Born and raised in Newport County, Rhode Island, Joe is an accomplished artist of Portuguese descent who painted his first painting at the age of two. Already an accomplished artist in high school, Joe attended both the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island. Joe had been employed by the Naval War College before his retirement. Now he paints and draws full time.

Joe’s artwork has been displayed in many galleries in Newport and other cities in Rhode Island as well as in New York City. He has won various awards for his art work including several from the Art Instruction Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Joe is an accomplished poet with several small books of poetry, illustrated with his art work, to his credit.

Cosmic Synthesis, 2008
Cosmic Synthesis, 2008

Artist’s Philosophy

According to Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director/Curator of the Amsterdam Whitney in New York, “Paul Cezanne once noted that, ‘An art which isn’t based on feeling isn’t art at all... feeling is the principle, the beginning and the end: craft, objective, technique – all these are in the middle.’ Artist Joseph Matose is an impeccable personification of this credo. His magnificently emotional and spiritual paintings are supremely abstract and expressive, reflecting his inner thoughts and cultural experiences. Defying conventional techniques and modes, Mr. Matose exploits scintillating contrasts with his breathtaking eruptions of color. Fusing his emotional sentiments with the tip of his brush, he renders with such power and strength, works of art that are highly provocative and declarative of their own style.”

The Library Gallery is located on the main floor of the University Library, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Library hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 11:30pm
Friday  8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 11:30pm

For more information, please contact Brian Gallagher at 401-874-9524 or

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