Josh Lord

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Josh Lord
Born 1972
Mornington, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Artist
Known for Visual Art

Josh Lord (born 1972) commenced his career as an independent Australian artist in 1992, influenced by cultural movements and art genres including pop art, Dada and surrealism. His paintings are a mix of all those styles and movements and more recently future history, a term often used by science fiction writers. Lord's interpretation of Future History is to mean that the creation of something gives it a history of its own.

Early life and education

Lord was born and raised in the bay-side suburb of Mornington, Victoria, Australia. Lord has no formal fine art qualification; he is a self-taught artist and his inspiration and main influences to pursue a career in visual arts have been Germany's Bauhaus theory, John Brack, James Rosenquist, an American artist who was one of the protagonists in the pop-art movement Robert Rauschenberg and Barbara Kruger.


Lord’s solo exhibition in 2014, This Used to Be the Future, was held at [email protected] art gallery in Melbourne.[1] Using mainly acrylic house paint on board, his paintings focused on the theme of Future History, with the term referring to the science fiction subgenre future history. The exhibition featured 50 of Lord's works. On the opening night of This Used to Be the Future exhibition a show was staged that featured Australian musicians Ollie Olsen and Ash Wednesday, who created electronic sounds with a visual arts backdrop. Lord's exhibitions often incorporate live music. Amongst the array of subject matter of Lord's paintings were portraits of Melbourne musicians, including both Ollie and Ash. The exhibition ran for a period of two weeks and was an example of Lord's latest acquired style.


In Lord’s early career in the 1990s Lord found his inspiration and ideas by looking closely at the world around him. Many of his themes were very dark in meaning. His 'Smiley face' series in the style of Pop Art and Surrealism was about fake people, whom on the one hand greet with a smile, then you begin to see the decaying skin around the smile, by the use of images of war and violence. The primary medium used was oil on canvas.


Lord left Australia at the beginning of 2000 as he felt that he had exhausted all of his art ideas at that point in time and that an obvious change was required. He traveled to Berlin, Scotland, Michigan, and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Abroad he worked alongside artists that influenced his change of outlook and approach and thus a new style in his work began to emerge.

Josh Lord exhibited his work overseas alongside artists from the USA and the Netherlands. In 2010 his work was featured in the exhibition titled Upgrade/Downgrade, at Open Concept Gallery, Michigan, USA.[2] This was a multimedia exhibition demonstrating the experimentation and opposing relationship of nature versus or combined with technology. Artists included Cory VanderZwaag,[3] Damien Borowik,[4] Lacey Peacock,[5] Levi van Veluw, and Nathan Selikoff.[6]

In 2008 his work was part of the Thrill & Suspense exhibition at Wall's Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands where he exhibited alongside USA's photographer Stephen Elledge[7] and Rolina Nell from NL.[8] Wall's Gallery wrote, "With ' Thrill & Suspense ' Walls Gallery presents its new exhibition of works by 19 young and talented artists. Hereby I like to give special attention to Stephen Elledge (USA) , Rolina Nell (NL) and Josh Lord (AUS). These three artists have made their mark abroad and are now shown for the first time in Amsterdam, and that in Walls Gallery."[9]

When he returned to Melbourne he decided to move from using oil on canvas, which took so long to dry, to using house paint on board. Many shows followed such as Paradise Hills First Birthday in 2011 and Melbourne's Burning: Paradise Hills 2012, which Lord curated.[10] Another in 2011 was Lord's solo exhibition at Melbourne's Gasworks Arts Park, called Do Electric Sheep Follow the Digital Herd.[11][12]

Lord's work has been featured in The Design Files magazine, in the Australian Homes section. The article is about the showroom/home of David and Lolly of Codename Tom,[13] the pair carefully select mid-century and vintage design from around the world, specialising in furniture, lighting and objects, The article features the We're New, We're Retro painting by Josh Lord, Australia, painted in 2005.[14]

Much of Lord's work is bought and sold by worldwide premier auction houses such as Invaluable - The Worlds Premier Auctions[15] and AskART The Artists' Bluebook Worldwide Edition.[16]


  1. "This Used to be The Future Exhibition". 
  2. "Upgrade/Downgrade, Open Concept Gallery, Michigan, USA". 
  3. "Cory Vanderzwaag visual artist and designer from Michigan". 
  4. "Damien Borowik visual artist". 
  5. "Lacey Peacock photographer". 
  6. "Nathan Selikoff Freelance artist born in Atlanta". 
  7. "Stephen Elledge photographer USA". 
  8. "Rolina Nell Netherlands". 
  9. "Wall's Gallery Thrills and Suspense Exhibition, Msterdam, Netherlands". 
  10. "Online webzine INVURT". 
  11. "Everguide-the online Event Guide". 
  12. "Melbourne radio station SYN 90.7". 
  13. "Codename Tom Vintage Design". 
  14. "The Design Files, Australian Homes Section". 
  15. "Invaluable-The World's Premier Auctions". 
  16. "AskART The Artists' Bluebook Worldwide Edition".