Born in 1982, Joshua grew up drawing and was rarely without a pencil and paper, but it wasn’t until he began studying art at BYU-Idaho that he began painting. That first oil painting class included a trip to the galleries in Jackson Hole (his first visit to an art gallery or museum) and completely changed the course of his life. Since graduating with a BFA in illustration from BYU-Idaho in 2007 Josh has been supporting himself and his family with art--and he thanks God every day for that remarkable blessing. He figures that if he can paint all day, every day, for the next 20 years, eventually he’ll paint something pretty decent.
Josh has earned numerous awards along the way including artists choice at the 2012 Laguna Plein Air Invitational and 2nd place in the Raymar 6th Annual Painting Competition. Early in 2014 Josh was featured for three consecutive months in several of the nation’s finest art magazines: Western Art and Architecture, Southwest Art, and Art of the West. He lives with his drop-dead gorgeous wife and ridiculously cute children Nathan and Anna in Cache Valley, UT.
Harvey Dunn, a golden age illustrator, taught his students that they should thank God every day for “the privilege of seeing the sun cast shadows.” Josh does just that.
A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
“Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power. I say unto you, he hath seen him; nevertheless, he who came unto his own was not comprehended” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:47-48).
There is no artist greater than God, and no beauty more perfect than His creations—His art; to see any, even the least of them, is to see God himself, “moving in His majesty and power.” There have been times in my life when I have done more than merely look—times when I’ve seen. Those moments are sacred and precious to me, and I desire to share them. I want to see more clearly, I want to comprehend more fully—and I want to help others do the same. That’s why I paint.
My aim as an artist is not to redefine beauty—no one can do that—but to discover for myself, through the Spirit of Truth, those eternal laws that govern it, and obey them.
If I am anything good, if there is anything in my art that is good—it’s because of and thanks to God. As often as I forget it, I know that I am nothing of myself, and I’m deeply grateful that God has allowed me to be an artist.
S E L E C T P U B L I C A T I O N S
2014, Art of the West Magazine, March/April Issue, “Pleasing the Eye, Gladdening the Heart,” pp. 42
2014, Southwest Art Magazine, January Issue, “Painting with Motives,” pp. 68
2014, American Art Collector Magazine, June Issue, “Paradise Found,” pp. 126
2014, Images West Magazine, Summer Edition, “Ones to Watch,” pp. 28
2013, Mormon Artist Online Magazine, November Issue, “Josh Clare-interview by Ben Crowder”
2013, Western Art and Architecture Magazine, December/January Issue, “Illuminations,” pp. 60
2013, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, March Issue, “Art Profile: Josh Clare”
2013, Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, March Issue, “Josh Clare - 2013 Emerging Artist,” pp. 82
2012, Western Art Collector Magazine, June Issue, “Defining Moments,” pp. 96
2010, Southwest Art Magazine, September Issue, “21 Under 31: Josh Clare”
S E L E C T H O N O R S / A W A R D S
2014 - Plein Air Magazine Award - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2014 - 3rd Place - Spring City Plein Air Painting Competition, Spring City, UT
2013 - 2nd Place - Spring City Plein Air Painting Competition, Spring City, UT
2012 - 2nd Place - RayMar Art 6th annual Painting Competition
2012 - Artists Choice Award - Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2012 - Ka’anapali LMC Award - Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Maui HI
2011 - Plein Air Magazine Award - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2011 - 1st Place - Paint San Clemente Plein Air Competition, San Clemente, CA
2010 - Best of Show - November Boldbrush Painting Competition
2009 - Best of Show - Art Museum of Eastern Idaho Biennial Juried Exhibition, Idaho Falls, ID
2009 - 2nd Place - Summerfest Plein Air Painting Competition, Logan, UT
2008 - 1st Place - River Rocks Plein Air Paintout, Idaho Falls, ID
2007 - 1st Place - Summerfest Plein Air Painting Competition, Logan, UT
S E L E C T S H O W S / E X H I B I T I O N S
2015 - Artistic Horizons, Montana State University, Bozeman MT
2014 - One Man Show, Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole WY
2012 - New Faces and New Places, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio TX
2012 - One Man Show, Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole WY
2011 - Scottsdale Salon, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2011 - Coors National Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO
2009 - C.M. Russel Museum “Masters in Miniature” Exhibition, Great Falls, MT
2009 - Oil Painters of America Western Regional, Kirkland, WA
2009 - Art Museum of Eastern Idaho Biennial Juried Exhibition, Idaho Falls, ID
2009 - 85th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT
2009 - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
2008 - Oil Painters of America Western Regional, Cour De Alene, ID