Joseph Maxwell Stuart was born in 1956.
He was educated at The Oratory School, Woodcote and began his art studies subsequently at The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford. From there he went on to Edinburgh University and Art College to complete a B.A. Honours Degree in Drawing and Painting. He studied Life drawing at the Slade School in London.
Prior to his studies at Edinburgh University Joseph travelled extensively. He walked from Paris to Italy and then around the Middle East, after which he settled in Scotland and following his Fine Arts degree at Edinburgh College of Art he undertook a Postgraduate year teacher training in Glasgow.
He now lives and paints in the Scottish Borders at his studio situated near Peebles.
Joseph has only recently completed a major work for a new exhibition - “The Enduring Middle East” held at the Mall Galleries, London earlier this year. This exhibition comprised some 100 paintings of Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. A new book showing links with an earlier voyage of discovery by the renowned 19th century Orientalist, David Roberts, accompanied the exhibition.
Joseph prefers to work in both oils and watercolours painting landscapes mostly ‘en plein air. He particularly delights in the challenge of working directly from nature, and does so whenever possible.
When we first saw Joseph’s painting we instantly saw the influence of the great Edward Seago, both in his oils and watercolours, and given our passion for Seago’s paintings, an invitation to Joseph to exhibit in our gallery was almost immediate.