Saturday, December 22, 2012


SOS 29" x 26" oil on printed textile

tickingtime 13" x 16" oil on ticking

castofcharacters 18" x 15" oil on linen

shapeshift 52" x 42" oil on linen

Friday, November 30, 2012


hereandtogetherness 27" x 31" oil on linen

ichabod 27" x 31" oil on linen

infiniticampfire 29" x 18" oil on linen

Sunday, November 11, 2012


 apartmenthut 27" x 25" oil on linen

 bendinglight 28" x 25" oil on linen

 chexmix 27" x 23" oil on linen

 coaster 24" x 15" oil on linen

 colourmein 29" x 29" oil on textile

envelopeme 23" x 22" oil on denim

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Haiku Review by Peter Frank in the Huffington Post

Joshua Aster follows a very simple formula, one that allows – indeed, requires – him to enliven his paintings with some sort of mojo that makes them dance off the wall. Aster repeats a particular unit myriad times within a small space (nothing in this show exceeded two feet), organizing the repeated forms into a dense and rather irregular skein, less a pattern than an accumulation. He renders these dense, obsessive fields with breathtaking luminosity, thinning his oils halfway to gouache and allowing them a certain – but not total – degree of saturation. The compactness of the paintings themselves, the engaging eccentricity of the schemata, the colors’ restrained vividness, add up exponentially, resulting in paintings with a gemlike intensity and the tang of hard candy; they fairly explode in your eye. (Sam Lee, 990 N. Hill St., LA; closed.

– Peter Frank

Sunday, October 14, 2012


This series of feather-weight sculptures are made from disassembled basket parts.  The sculptures and their shadows are used as stencils to create compositions on linen.  Oil paint is aggressively and directly applied with color allusions to night, mirrors and time elapsing.  Flatness and space are pulling at each other. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LA Times Review and James Kalm Report

Review: Alluring 'Little Conversations' with Joshua Aster at Sam Lee

Joshua Aster 'Spin Cycle'
Joshua Aster, "Spin Cycle," 2012, oil on linen, 19 x 18 inches.
(Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles)
Viewed as an ever-expanding aggregate, Joshua Aster’s paintings have the feel of so many pictorial petri dishes, in which constituent elements of painting’s DNA — color, tone, shape, pattern, texture — are  assembled in varying combinations and ratios and left to reproduce of their own accord. The result is a nuanced, playful abstraction that grows ever more complex as its genes continue to splinter and stew.
In “Little Conversations,” Aster’s first exhibition with Sam Lee Gallery, he seems to have taken a step or two back. He’s shifted from acrylic and watercolor to oils, reduced his canvases to a modest, domestic scale not exceeding 24 inches, and introduced a range of new shapes, made by tracing the outlines of common objects found around the studio. Where many of the earlier works appeared layered and translucent, these are flat and opaque, heavier of step.
A similar air of curiosity prevails, however. They’re simpler paintings, but paintings that shimmer with the promise of a new acquaintance — appealing “little conversations,” in other words, that leave one eager to see where Aster goes from here.
Sam Lee Gallery, 990 N. Hill St., #190, Los Angeles, (323) 788-3535, through Oct. 6. Closed Sunday through Tuesday.

Honored to be on the James Kalm Report

Sunday, September 23, 2012


imminentreturn 17" x 16" oil on linen

overunder 16" x 12" oil on linen

patchoverlap 24" x 17" oil on linen

sighting 15" x 18" oil on linen

Saturday, August 25, 2012

little conversations at Sam Lee Gallery


Joshua Aster

little conversations


September 5 – October 6, 2012

Reception for the Artists: Saturday, September 15, 6 – 8 pm

Los Angeles—Sam Lee Gallery is pleased to present little conversations, a solo exhibition of abstract paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Aster. The artist’s recent oil paintings function as a type of sieve in which color, line, and patterns are distilled to their essence on the canvas. Nine works, measuring no more than 24x24 inches each, are intimate in scale and elemental in their emphasis on straightforward mark making. Aster employs ordinary objects such as wood off-cuts, erector set parts, broken plates, and picture frames found in his studio and intuitively arranges them on the canvas. He then traces their outlines and finishes the work by coloring in between the lines with oil paint, thus creating a familiar yet fresh pattern that resembles a brightly colored jigsaw puzzle: a confident display of color, line, and shape.

Born 1976 in New York, Joshua Aster received a master of fine art degree from University of California Los Angeles (2007) and a bachelor of fine art degree from Skidmore College in New York (1998). He has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States: solo shows at Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles, Karl Hutter Fine Art in Beverly Hills, and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City (Utah). His work has also been included in various group exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Michael Kohn Gallery, PØST Gallery, Annie Wharton Fine Art, Taylor de Cordoba, and Pepin Moore in Los Angeles, Angstrom Gallery in Dallas, and Plane Space in New York. Aster is a founding member of the artist collective OJO, which has had solo projects at MOCA, Los Angeles and LA>

Digital images are available for press purposes. Please email for reproduction requests.

Sam Lee Gallery

990 North Hill Street #190

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mobile 323-788-3535

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 to 6 pm and by appointment

Saturday, July 21, 2012


dataprocessing 23" x 23" oil on linen

The HOLODECK, PØST, Thursday, July 26th, 7-9PM
organized by Brad Eberhard

The Holodeck is a simulated reality facility on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, the primary setting of the American science-fiction television series Star Trek the Next Generation. The characters on the show use the Holodeck for a variety of applications, including recreation, training, and problem solving. Although crew members can program in the environment or scenario they wish to inhabit, they cannot necessarily control their experience once inside. Things go wrong with it pretty regularly. People get stuck inside and can’t get out. Like art, the Holodeck is an ideal world in which refreshment and conflict go hand in hand.

The HOLODECK is a group show whose participants were each given a card from a deck of Star Trek the Next Generation playing cards as a prompt for an artwork. Each person was presented with the option to select a card with a specific character/theme or to receive a card randomly from the deck. The breakdown was about 50/50, specific vs. random. They could use the their card as a source, an object, or the starting point for any manner of conceptual strategy that suited them. The show will include a variety of 2, 3, and 4 dimensional media.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

bagotrix, beadedcandlecurtain, redhead

bagotrix 19" x 19" oil on canvas


beadedcandlecurtain 18" x 17" oil on linen


redhead 54" x 72" oil on canvas

jointventure, faceinthecrowd, overlaps

jointventure 48" x 48" oil on linen

faceinthecrowd 18" x 15" oil on linen

overlaps 19" x 19" oil on canvas

LandR, emotionaljellyfish, stellar

LandR 24" x 18" oil on linen

emotionaljellyfish 48" x 48" oil on canvas

stellar 21.5" x 20" oil on linen

Thursday, July 5, 2012

wiggleroom, Cshape, spincycle

wiggleroom 44" x 48" oil on canvas

Cshape 22" x 28" oil on linen

spincycle 17" x 17" oil on linen

Sunday, April 29, 2012

kissingkittens, littleconversations, meltingoasis, mouthscape, slats, uscape, joker

kissingkittens 17" square oil on linen

littleconversations 17" x 21"  oil on linen

meltingoasis 18" square oil linen

mouthscape 16" square oil on linen

slats 17" square oil on linen

Uscape 17" square oil on linen

joker 17" square oil on linen

bigred, blanket, cityutopia, eyecandy, fossil

 bigred oil on linen 18" square

blanket 17" x 21" oil on linen

cityutopia oil on canvas 17" square

eyecandy 17" x 21"

fossil oil on linen 20" square

Saturday, March 31, 2012

new patterns

tiers oil on canvas 43" x 28"

babyblanket oil on canvas 69" x 63 3/4"

object2object oil on canvas 30" x 28 1/2"

stripeline oil on canvas 58" x 68"

mechanism oil on canvas 58" x 68"

These illusionistic pattern paintings are derived by tracing objects onto the surface and then coloring in-between the lines with oil paint.