Joe Bartos
Sins Against Our Planet


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
This piece means to provoke thought & discussion about climate change using humor & inspiration from great art of the past. Given the grim nature of the subject, a funny take on the humanity’s mistakes can engage viewers overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem. Hieronymus Bosch’s surreal landscapes inhabited by moral metaphors seem like a popular approach to addressing moral issues of the day.

How was the illustration used:
This will used in a website about climate change to illustrate factoids linked to articles & research and for the fine art market as a digital print that provokes discussion of our planet’s plight.

How did you make this work:
Inspired by articles and research about the causes of and solutions to the problem of global warming, l made a series of B&W pencil drawing of individual metaphors about these issues. Using Photoshop, I colored the drawings digitally and combined them in a landscape, incorporating some photographic elements.

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Currently Based:
Vienna, Austria

After getting his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, Joe Bartos worked for 30 years as an illustrator and graphic designer for national media companies like Disney, the NY Times, Time Warner and the Discovery Channel. Illustrating a long running book series for Simon & Schuster has enabled Joe to pursue side art projects that address issues of the day in a more personal manner.