Joseph Fourbears was raised on the Omaha Reservation in Macy, Nebraska by his grandfather who was on the tribal council. He has been a paratrooper, bar tender, gold miner, commercial artist, fine artist, fireman, safety inspector, published poet, gardener and lover of the natural world. This diverse background, along with the teachings of his tribal elders influences his work.
Joseph graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. He worked for 18 years as a commercial artist for companies including Perma-Trans Products in Columbus, Ohio, Phot-Lith International in Stanton, California and Monarch Publications. While at Photo-Lith and Monarch he was not only their lead artist, but also Art Director and Production Manager. The list of clients for whom he has developed licensed designs is impressive and includes The Grateful Dead, Electric Light Orchestra, Alice Cooper, Average White Band, The Spinners, Seals and Crofts, Elvin Bishop, Peter Frampton, Kiss, Outlaws, Elton John, Greg Allman, Marshall Tucker, Jeff Beck, Charlie’s Angels, Suzanne Sommers, and Jacques Cousteau. He designed the entire art package for the John Travolta Fan Club.
Joseph’s fine art has shown in many galleries in California including the Meisel Gallery in Santa Barbara, The Ojai Art Center and The Cultural Arts Center in Simi Valley. He was also included in the Native American Artists show at the University of California, Channel Islands. He is currently showing at The Old Town Frame Shop and Gallery in Silverdale, Washington.