From the beginning of his life, Joseph Craig English was destined to become an artist. His mother ordained it, telling his father before he was born, that if this baby was a boy he would be an artist. As soon as he was able to hold a brush, he was encouraged to paint. His early efforts were brightly colored and energetic, not unlike his work today. He was introduced to silkscreen printmaking by his 10th grade art teacher and fell in love with the intense color and flat finish of the inks. By 1972 he had begun printing in earnest. Working as a designer at an advertising agency in Washington, DC, by day, and printing at night and through the weekends he soon grew frustrated with the split careers. In 1974 he resigned from the agency and devoted all his time to painting and making his silkscreen prints.
In 1975 the artist
and his wife purchased a home in the historic town of Washington
Grove, Maryland and began building a studio. By 1980, with his
works' popularity increasing, English was already breaking ground
for his new studio and doubling the size of the existing house. Believing that the best way to
present art to the public was in a theater that was relaxed and
comfortable, the artist took to the streets, showing his work
at art festivals throughout the country. Developing a huge customer
base, English was now being approached by art galleries who found
his upbeat, beautifully crafted prints to be an exceptional value
in the art market.
Recently installed is a stainless steel Mercedes Benz at the new showroom of Euro Motors in Bethesda and a huge wall hung mural at the National Education Association in Washington, DC.
Though the artist has often wished he could be three people, he has resisted every temptation to grow into a large impersonal business, choosing instead to still answer the phones and personally communicate with his customers and galleries. His work has been purchased for hundreds of corporate collections, thousands of private collections and many prestigious museums. He accepts several special commissions annually for oil paintings, and serigraphs and is currently building, along with other projects, a series of colorful mobiles.