Joe Average was born in Victoria in 1957. He is a self-taught pop-art, social advocate. He began signing his artwork as Joe Average when he was 19 years old. He has captured the attention of international art critics, royalty, celebrities, and the public with his use of cheerful cartoon-like forms, bold bright colours, creativity and compassion.
Average has been living with HIV since he was 27 years old. He has been recognized internationally as an advocate for AIDS, an artist, and a noted philanthropist. Average frequently donates work to charitable causes. His art was featured on a 1996 Canadian Stamp which was also the conference image for the 1996 XI International Conference on AIDS.
Average is known for his cheerful, colorful, cartoon-like work, including images of flowers, animals and insects, and people. In 1998 Joe was recognized by the Governor General of Canada with the Caring Canadian Award. The City of Vancouver bestowed him with a Civic Merit Award in 1994. He was the recipient of a 1993 Jessie Award, and has been officially presented to Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana at Rideau Hall. Other honours include, The Canadian Institute of the Arts for Young Audiences Award, Xtra West Magazine's Heroes of 1996 Award, and in 1997 the Friends for Life Society honored him with the Friend In Deed Award. He has also won the Davie Street Banner Competition. He received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Silver Medal for Outstanding Community Achievement in 2002 and Vancouver mayor Philip Owen issued a civic proclamation to designate November 3, 2002 as "Joe Average Day" in the city.
Average was honored as one of two grand marshals of Vancouver's annual gay pride parade in August 2006. On April 23, 2019, the Royal Canadian Mint released a coin with art by Average, said to symbolize the progress lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two-spirited people have achieved in Canada as well as the work that still needs to be done.
He is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Joe Average FaceBook Page and Photo Album - https://www.facebook.com/joe.average.art.photography/media_set?set=a.10158716531545400&type=3
You can also download the drawings from our website at Joe Average Drawings.