Joe Tucholski

The work on this issue of Carpazine ground to a halt when Joe Tucholski’s music played. Ready for loud energy, punk rock did not blast through the speakers, it was the words to “Daddies Never Cry”. Viewing Tucholski’s paintings while listening to his music adds an interesting layer to both. It was proposed that Carpazine ask if any of the works were connected, but imagining for ourselves is fun and we invite you to do the same.

“I’m 70 now, I’ve been painting for close to fifty years. I never attended art school. I learned to paint through years of trial and error. I dropped out of high school and joined the Marines when I was 18. I’m a Vietnam combat veteran. Some of my paintings and music reflect that part of my life. I wasted a lot of time when I was younger, but the artist in me waited patiently and finally had the chance to emerge as I got older. I believe true artists are born not schooled. Through the years I started feeling that I needed to express myself more as an artist. I felt a need to say something even though most of the time I don’t even know what the paintings are saying, but I want to make the viewer think. They can come up with their own conclusions as long as my painting is what activated their thoughts. I don’t know where the inspiration comes from, it’s like a spirit from the past is using me as a medium.”
• Joe Tucholski