Joseph Jeswald studied at the Academie Julian and Academie Fernand Leger in Paris and at Columbia Univeristy. He began exhibiting his work in 1955 and subsequently had numerous one-man shows all along the East Coast. His work is part of many distinguished private collections in addition to the permanent collections of Addison Gallery of American Art, The Hirschhorn Museum, Colby College, Simmons College, Rockefeller Foundation and the Neuberger Museum of Art. Mr. Jeswald was the founder and president of Montserrat College of Art from 1970-1984. From 1991-2009 he lived and worked in Sarasota, Fl where his wife maintains his studio.
"However much I am indebted to the plastic concerns of the vital painting of my time, I have been unable to abandon the dominance of the human figure in my work. I have never been absorbed in art beyond its use as a means of formalizing the imagery which insinuates itself from my immersion in human experience. Not quite icons, not quite metaphors, I would like my paintings to effect awareness the way Proust's 'petite madeleine' effected memory."