Art is a lie, which reveals the truth." Picasso
"I am a realistic,narrative illustrator, which plainly stated, means that I tell stories with pictures. I have painted covers for nearly every major publisher.I have paintings in the permanent collections of the USAF Art Collection, NASA and The Museum of American Illustration. My artwork has been exhibited at the White House,the Capitol, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery ,The New York Historical Society Museum , The Historical Foundation of Brévands,France and the Abraham Lincoln Home and Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. I have have created well over 2000 stamps for some 40 separate nations.I have illustrated more than a dozen children's books, and have painted the portraits of Royals,Political Leaders, celebrated individuals from Nobel Laureates to film stars. I have had twenty eight designs selected for minting by the United States Mint,including three Congressional Gold Medals. I take pride in covering everything from the Pope to Popeye.Everything under the sun and beyond has a facinating story that I love to tell with images." Since April of 2005 when THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS designated Joel as a MASTER DESIGNER to create coins and medals for THE UNITED STATES MINT, 28 of his designs have been selected for minting.
Joel Iskowitz is one of few living artists to have had his artwork displayed in the Pentagon, the Capitol and the White House. He has created artwork for three decades that has graced the covers of books, periodicals, journals, public spaces, coins and postage stamps worldwide. Since his designation asMaster Designer for the United States Mint in 2005,he has had 27 of his designs for coins and medals selected for minting.He is also an active United States Air Force (USAF) artist and has a number of oils in the USAF permanent collection. Mr. Iskowitz has been invited twice to document Space Shuttle missions and his artwork is on permanent display at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Museum. He is the designer of both obverse and reverse of the New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal which was presented to the Apollo11 astronauts Neil Armstrong,Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Mercury astronaut John Glenn, by the leadership of the Congress on November,16,2011 in the Rotunda of the Capitol.He is also the designer of two other Congressional Gold Medals honoring the Women Air Force Service Pilots and the Nisei Soldiers of WWII,all in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum.Mr.Iskowitz's work has been featured in many international journals; including profiles of his numismatic and philatelic art in CoinAGE Magazine; Watercolor Magazine American Artist Magazine, Smithsonian Profiles; and his murals have been featured in Exhibit Builder Magazine. He has been awarded both bronze and silver medals for his corporate illustrations and grand-scale public art in Portfolios.com international competitions . His design for the American Numismatic Association’s Presidential Award won the 2008 silver medal in corporate illustration in the International Creative Shake competition. His design for the District of Columbia quarter dollar reverse was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and his design for the reverse of the “Illinois” 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Cent was displayed in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the New York Historical Society Museum. His reverse design for the 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Gold Coin is on permanent display in the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall.Proceeds from his Army Commemorative Gold Coin has helped in the building of the U.S.Army Museum at Ft.Belvoir,VA.His design for the Infantry Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin has helped fund the construction of the U.S. Infantry Museum, at Ft .Benning GA.His painting documenting the events of the D-day invasion is represented with artists proof lithos in the permanent collection of the Historical Society of Caranten,Brévands and the Mairie of Merville,France.His artwork has been included in the Society of Illustrators Annual Show, "Illustration 53" and the same work,"Inspiration of the Lincoln Cent",won international recognition in the Applied Arts IllustrationAnnual Awards and also was a winner in Artslant's "Winner's Circle" Showcase.A recently completed mural which chronicles the history of aviation technology has been installed at the Pentagon at the entry to the Department of the Air Force.A full scale gicleé of this work is on display at Wright –Patterson AFB.His most recent large scale painting will be installed in Airman's Hall, the Pentagon and won international recognition in Artslant's Showcase 2011.His designs for the Medal of Honor gold coin recieved honorable mention in the 2011 International Design Awards.His New Frontier designwon the Bronze Medal in IDA's 2012 global competition. Mr. Iskowitz has also received theNational Oceanic and Philatelic Society citation for his contributions to Space Philately.His obverse design for the Louis Braille Silver Dollar flew aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on it's mission to service the Hubble Telescope.He continues to present his artwork in illustrated lectures at universities and professional organizations,including the Fashion Institute of Technology,Syracuse University ,Marywood College,The Society of Illustrators, Fordham University,Hunter College,Montclair State University, the American Numismatic Association, and the New York Numismatic Club.
In May of 2011, he was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame....