Passage, acrylic on paper, 48 x 36 in.

Joe Max Emminger

My paintings are always a surprise to me. I don't set out to say something specific; the ideas unfold as I paint. A lot of times my art ends up being about my life, my family, things I see and hear. I also try to leave room in my paintings: room for them to breathe and live in the world, room for other people to move around in them.


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Wedding Day, acrylic on paper, 48 x 35 in.

Market Music, acrylic on paper, 28 x 36 in.

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.