“LOVEY” is a sketch I did in the 90’s that never made it to canvas. She has never been a painting or a print but she is now a fabulous shirt!”
- Joe Average
Joe Average is a beloved Canadian pop artist and advocate for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. In 1984, he was diagnosed with HIV, prompting him to put his aspirations into action by making a living from his artwork. Using vivid colours and bold lines as structural elements, Joe created highly stylized paintings. Joe has lent his name and art to many social and humanitarian causes in Canada and has received countless awards and citations for his philanthropic work. In 2019 Joe was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design a coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.