Australian Painter Joshua Miels Tackles Men’s Mental Health Issues In A Unique Way
People give false fronts every single day. Australian painter Joshua Miels captures what’s behind those fronts with his alluring and striking paintings. He tackles the illusion that so many of us try to hide behind – a phenomenon especially true with men.
These days, men are widely still expected to live up to old fashioned expectations. Ideas like “be strong, be brave, don’t show your emotions” need to be challenged in order for men to feel the freedom that comes with emotional intelligence.
The men who he captures are mostly friends and people he knows. He aims to express the ambiguity of physical emotion by actually limiting the feelings that his subjects will allow to show through. The facial expressions appear mostly nonchalant. Because they’re unable to immediately tell what they’re feeling, the viewer is challenged to look past the front. This helps to really challenge people to see beyond the facade, and question the real individual behind the face.
Who Is Joshua Miels?
Joshua Miels was initially a graphic designer. Feeling as though he wasn’t getting enough creativity in his work, he started to use water colours. From there, as he increased his confidence, he turned to large-scale oil painting.
He’s making a contribution to the mental health conversation in a major way through capturing and raising awareness around issues of men’s mental health. This subject is near to his heart.
As a contemporary artist, his work sheds light on the vulnerability of individuals and heir struggle to deceive the public about their real emotions. By capturing a man who may appear fierce at first, he challenges the viewer to look closer. Once viewed through a different, perhaps more compassionate lens, the observer can start to detect their fragility.
In this way, he provides a timely response to society’s deep-rooted expectations which demand males to be reserved around their emotions.
How Do His Paintings Reflect Men’s Struggles With Mental Health Issues
For Joshua Miels, art is a way of dealing with and understanding life. The driving force behind his work is his passion to create. In addition to this, he is looking to remove the stigma of mental health in men.
Through his captivating oil paintings, Miels captures the vulnerability of men and the emotions that they try to hide from others. He spends countless hours layering the paint in a way that produces works not just striking, but deeply provocative.