Born Birrell Josef Mendelson in Toronto, Mr. Joe is a true Canadian original.
To say that Mendelson Joe is an eclectic artist is an understatement. Musician, prolific songwriter, painter and political provocateur, he has been a fixture on the Canadian arts scene since the 1970’s.
Starting in 1975, he has been painting what he sees, what he loves and what he hates in his own idiosyncratic style. People, places and politics find their place in his work – including his famous painting of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s face superimposed on a pair of human buttocks.
His work is housed at the Art Bank, and in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide.
This work was a gift from Mr. Joe presented to Casey House, Canada’s first free-standing AIDS hospice, when it first opened its doors in 1988. It features a heart, in footprints in the snow, the symbol of the hospice.
Another January Saturday, 1986
signed and dated
acrylic on artist’s board
image 20”h x 16”w
hand-painted frame by the artist 25”h x 21”w
Inscribed on the reverse:
“I’ve got romance, he’s living in my pants. June ’88 donated to Casey House. M. Joe.”