Born in Montreal in 1972, Joseph Siddiqi received a B.F.A. from Concordia University (1999) and an M.F.A. in Painting from Boston University (2004). He has been awarded grants for his work by the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (2001, 2004), the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2002), the Canada Council for the Arts (2009) and the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association (2010, 2012, 2015). Siddiqi's work is included in numerous corporate and private collections including Athabasca University Art Collection, Alberta;
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; Colart Collection, Montreal and Hotel Arts, Calgary.
Joseph Siddiqi lives and works in Montreal and teaches Painting and Drawing in the Department of Studio Art at Concordia University.
...Joseph Siddiqi's version of William Notman's Mount Royal perspective makes walking the streets so much easier -- and more interesting. Joseph's "Mount Royal 1896" is not a reproduction. Like his other paintings of the panorama, it is filled with creative additions (and omissions), many of which I have probably not yet noticed. But there is one Siddiqi feature that stands out: The moon! It is an impossible moon, astronomically. It sits to the north over Mount Royal, just between the cleavage of Mount Royal and Westmount.
Through his command of black and white -- and all the complex tints and shadings between -- Joseph Siddiqi has created an absorbing work. I love standing before it, my eye starting with the white sheets on the clotheslines of the foreground residential area and then moving up and away through the streets of what was to become downtown, up to themountain, then down over the roof of Windsor Station past the rail terminal canopies and then back to the white sheets that, for all I know, belonged to my grandmother.
Columnist and Editor, The Financial Post
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