Josh Foley is a contemporary artist from Tasmania, Australia. Foley's practice primarily revolves around painting, but he also works with mixed media and installation art. His artworks often explore the relationship between the natural environment and human culture, as well as the intersection of the past and present. Born in 1986 in Launceston, Tasmania, Foley studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. After completing his studies, he continued to hone his craft and gain recognition through various group exhibitions, including the Hobart Art Prize and the Burnie Print Prize.
In 2013, Foley was awarded the coveted Glover Prize, which is one of Australia's most prestigious awards for landscape painting. This marked a turning point in his career, providing him with the exposure and recognition to establish himself as one of Tasmania's most promising emerging artists. Foley's artworks are characterised by his unique technique of layering translucent glazes of colour over each other, as well as impasto to create a sense of depth and luminosity. His works often incorporate subtle imagery and symbolism, referencing historical and cultural themes.
Foley's works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout Australia, including the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has also been invited to participate in international exhibitions, including the Florence Biennale and the London Art Fair. His recent works continue to push the boundaries of his medium, exploring new techniques and ideas. His art has received critical acclaim for its sensitivity, depth, and beauty, and has cemented his place as one of Tasmania's most innovative and important artists.