Tandem Brick Gallery features outstanding Des Moines area artists, unique gifts, affordable jewelry, cards for all occasions, and our signature handmade paper Starlightz. Our custom framing department is superb with hundreds of frame and mat samples to choose from, state of the art equipment, and archival materials to preserve your work. Our experienced framers will more than meet your framing expectations.
2722 Ingersoll Ave, DSM, IA 50312
Open Monday - Friday 10:00 - 6:00 & Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
Born in northeastern Iowa, Josh Schwake grew up enjoying art class. It was a subject he happily embraced, choosing to study a variety of mediums including ceramics, watercolor, airbrush, and printmaking. Moving to Cedar Rapids, he enrolled at Kirkwood Community College again focusing his studies on art. There he explored photography, glass, oil painting, and advanced ceramics. Now living in Ankeny, Josh can be found working at Tandem Brick Gallery as a framing specialist.
Continuing to pursue his personal interest in art he enthusiastically experiments with a variety of unconventional mediums. In his most recent abstract works coffee grounds, cattle markers, saw dust, and tars are applied with hand made brushes. These paintings combine line, color and shape to convey ideas, feelings, and mood. Additionally, Josh meticulously restores or transforms found frames which he uses to beautifully present his own abstract paintings.
White creating assemblages with found objects and other castaway treasures is certainly the intersection of my passions, it's more than that. It's also about catharsis and transformation. My art is about transforming clutter, both figuratively and literally. Picasso once said, "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." For him it was "dust"; for me it's clutter. Finances, relationships, mind-numbing jobs, mortality, and other potentially stressful factors affect our lives and clutter our brains. Since delving into assemblage art early in 2011, my process as an artist has been an attempt to transform the clutter in my head and heart into art. My clutter-to-art process not only helps fuel my creativity, but it also feeds my need to seek answers.
Steve lives in Gilbert, Iowa, with his wife Shellie: his two teenage daughters, Kenzie and Zoe; and Elmo, fifteen pounds of spoiled pooch.