Who is Josh Sperling? Artist from New York + studio visit

Josh Sperling is an artist from Brooklyn, New York. He makes wrapped canvas artworks which are painted in bold, vibrant colors. The materials used are typically acrylic paint on canvas and linen.

This article will talk about his history, current works and exhibitions, and feature a studio visit from 2017 when I got to explore his then-space in Industry City, Brooklyn.

About Josh Sperling

Josh was born in 1984 in Oneonta, New York. He graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2006 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and worked as a graphic designer. Josh is known for his for his minimalist sculptural paintings, primarily working with shaped canvases. His works blur the lines between painting and sculpture, taking inspiration from minimalist painting of 60s and 70s. Josh has held solo exhibitions at Perrotin Gallery in cities around the world, including New York, Paris, Brussels, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. Currently, he lives and works in Ithaca, New York.

Josh Sperling Works
Selected works by Josh Sperling from PERROTIN gallery, 2020

Video: Studio Visit, 2017

I emailed Josh from his website and asked if I could say Hi. He was nice enough to host me at his studio for a visit.


Video Transcript

What’s up! I’m here in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I’m visiting the studio space of Josh Sperling. He is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York – raised in upstate New York. He builds these layered plywood structures and then wraps a canvas over them in a really unique way. I like his style. The bold colors and the simple shapes. Check out his Instagram, it’s awesome.


These are a few of my favorite paintings by Josh Sperling. Where possible, I’ve indicated the title of the work, where it was exhibited, and how much it has sold for at that gallery.

Josh Sperling - Exhibition "Strong Silent Type" at Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2016
Exhibition “Strong Silent Type” at Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2016
Josh Sperling - Exhibition "So It Goes" at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France, 2019
Exhibition “So It Goes” at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France, 2019
Josh Sperling - Exhibition "Summertime" at Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan, 2019
Exhibition “Summertime” at Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan, 2019
Josh Sperling - Solo exhibition at Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea, 2018
Solo exhibition at Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea, 2018
Josh Sperling - Exhibition "Big Time" at Perrotin, New York, 2019
Exhibition “Big Time” at Perrotin, New York, 2019

Galleries and Shows

Josh is currently represented by XXX gallery. He has an Untitled piece on display at Art Basel Miami 2020 which is 54.6 x 102 inches. It is made of acrylic on canvas and linen.

Contact Information for Josh Sperling

You can check Josh’s work on his website, on Perrotin and you can contact him via his Instagram.


I really like Josh’s work. It reminds me of some Elsworth Kelly pieces, like Spectrum V that is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Josh is an artist to watch for 2021. I’ll update this page as he continued to grow in popularity.

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