Joshua Peressotti BFA '09

Joshua Peressotti holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo, BFA from NSCAD University, and Fine Art Diploma from Fanshawe College. He is a painter and educator that has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and has work in several private collections. He is currently based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

I appropriate, sample, and remix a variety of tasteful strategies derived from artistic discourse and consumer culture.  This is explored in part through late critic Clement Greenberg’s ideology of purity and ‘decorativeness’ and their various connotations.  Through my research I also discovered that Behr Paint creates prescriptive colour palettes for home décor, which assure the consumer that these pairings are harmonious and tasteful.  These palettes are then given titles that correspond with the ‘colour story’ or theme established by the colour pairings, and both the palette and the title are appropriated for use in my paintings.  By fusing Greenberg’s ideology with the prescriptive colour palettes of consumer paint manufacturers I aim to satirize ‘good taste’ and to produce works, which purport to be unquestionably tasteful in a tongue-in-cheek manner.


Grand Reign, 2014. Enamel paint and wooden frame, 47" x 29"


Colour Metric, 2013. Enamel paint,
21" x 34"


Homage-to-Behr, 2012. Enamel on canvas, 36 pcs, 20" x 20" each