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). 

 
 

Skeleton Tree

6-27-98

13.5" x 18"

enamel on found wood

 

Birdman

11-8-97

23.5" x 18"(image)

mixed media on paper

Framed

 

Fish

ca.1990s

8" x 30.75"

enamel on panel

 
 

Floral

ca. 1980s

33" H x 21"W(frame)

enamel on board

 

"Antonio Houston..."

11-11-99

26" H x 48"W

enamel on plywood

two-sided work from Light's Looney St. art environment

 

Works by Joe Light Family Members

 
 

Untitled by rosie lee light

ca. 1990s

9" H x 14"W

enamel on board

 

Untitled by Mosea Light

ca. 2000

15.75"H x 26"W

enamel on plywood