Joe Light

(1934-2005) Dyersburg TN/Memphis TN

Joe Louis Light lived in Memphis most of his adult life, and after a religious awakening, followed Old Testament practices and beliefs, referring to himself as a "black man of the Jewish faith". He worked in two- and three-dimensional media, and for years maintained an outdoor environment on his property, displaying paintings, sculpture, and his hand-lettered signs expressing often controversial opinions. His work has been exhibited in many museum shows, including Passionate Visions(New Orleans Museum of Art), and Coming Home (University of Memphis). 

 

(untitled)Mountains

n.d.

5.5" x 48.75"

enamel on wood

 

Red and Black Mountain

ca. late 1980s

26" x 69"

enamel on plywood

 

Fish

ca.1990s

8" x 30.75"

enamel on panel

 
 

Floral

ca.1980s

33" H x 21"W(frame)

enamel on board

 
 

Birdman

11-8-97

23.5" x 18"(image)

mixed media on paper

Framed

 

"Antonio Houston..."

11-11-99

26" H x 48"W

enamel on plywood

(two-sided piece from Light's Looney St. art environment; email for photo of reverse-not for the easily offended)

 

Skeleton Tree

6-27-98

13.5" x 18"

enamel on found wood