Joel Crosswell uses biographical stories and events in his work to connect with wider themes relating to spirituality, existence and the human condition. He sources influence from cinema, cultural beliefs, ritual, surrealism, pop culture and the renaissance period. Using mediums in drawing and sculpture, Crosswellincorporates strange, comic and sometimes dark figurative characters to obscure and abstract these biographical events.
Joel Crosswell lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania in December 2008. Since graduating he has exhibited locally and interstate in solo and group exhibitions. In 2013 he was selected to be a part of the Macquarie Bank Emerging Art Prize in Sydney. He was the recipient of Shotgun in 2012, a program awarded through CAST in partnership with Detached Cultural organisation. In 2011 he was awarded the MONA Prize for his work Godson in the Hobart City Art Prize.