Josh Schmidt says his passion for art began in high school, and we’re so glad he kept it going. His flair for the unique makes him one of the most exciting and innovative artists around.
Currently working on a degree in art and marketing, he still finds time to do the things that don’t require schooling, getting an emphasis in life from what he likes. From watercolor to photography to charcoal, his style is eclectic, and he changes mediums easily.
His upcoming show at Cali Commons will feature a mix of linograph prints, photography, charcoal, and his favorite – and coolest – new form, working in bone and fake flowers. Inspired by the natural elements of the Southwest, his use of animal skulls and bones provide a thoughtful, unique way to express his Avant garde style and views on life and death.
The striking imagery of dry bones against the vibrant palette of colorful flowers makes for a stark contrast that’s beautiful, macabre, and strangely uplifting. He feels that from death comes new life, and the intertwined nature of the two create an identifiable piece.
Through simple lines and bold contrast, his works come to life – breathing air into his pieces, which he says start with dreams. His creative process is one of interest for sure. He dreams in pictures, and those visions become his art. He says that it allows him more creative license because of its personal nature.
It may seem a bit morbid to work with bone, but he sees beauty in every form, and wants his audience to walk away with a new appreciation for things they may otherwise turn away from. His eclectic style and masterful vision are certain to make his show memorable to everyone.
He feels that we don’t need to be afraid, and realize that death is a part of life so we should celebrate the beauty.
Josh’s show will open at Cali Commons on Friday, May 9 from 7pm to Midnight. The opening reception will feature a meet and greet with the artist, and all works will be on display until the closing reception on May 31.
518 N 40th St
Omaha, NE 68131