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As a teenager Joel studied painting with Polish artist Leo Cizes and later, at New York’s Art Students League. In the 1960s, he became interested in photography, but his art is about crafting images rather than taking pictures.
In 1968, Joel and his wife Betty, founded Exposure on New York’s lower East side. Exposure was successful in selling 2 prints to MOMA, and having 3 shows published as books. During the1960’s, Joel showed work there as well as at several other New York galleries. A.D. Coleman, photography critic of the New York Times at that time described him as a technical master. His photographs from that period were one of a kind images crafted with bleaches, dyes, and toners.
In 1970 Joel and Betty moved from Manhattan to Berkeley California. Impressed by the amazing flora of Northern California they began crafting Oshibana, pictures made with pressed flowers. From 1972-1980, their floral compositions, known as Flora, and Wilderness Cards, were sold at scores of galleries throughout coastal California.
In 1985, while working for McGraw Hill, Joel discovered digital art. Today his work includes monochrome photography as well as digital art.
Art Students League, Group Show, NYC, 1965
Exposure Gallery, Group Show, NYC 1968
Underground Gallery, Group Show, NYC 1968
Exposure Gallery, One Artist Show, NYC, 1969
Westby Gallery, Group Show, Rutgers University, 1970
Studio Show, One Artist Show 'Looking Down', Berkeley CA, 2004
Studio Show, One Artist Show 'Looking Up', Berkeley CA, 2008
Portfolio Acquisition, Louis Klaitman Collection, Berkeley CA, 2017
Studio Show, One Artist Show 'Art of Dr. Shen', Berkeley, 2018
Blackboard Gallery, Collectors Show, Camarillo CA, 2022