As a child, Josh spent every Saturday afternoon (and days ditching school) at the Philadelphia Art Museum copying the old masters into his small sketchbooks. He also drew from nature at the park or created cartoons in his bedroom. He began formal art training at the Tyler School of Fine Arts, where he was fortunate enough to receive instruction from teachers such as Leon Golub and David Smith. Josh’s study of Chinese and Japanese art, Zen, and Buddhism eventually took him to Japan on a fellowship.
In 1979, Josh moved with his wife and daughters to Tucson and worked at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. In the Southwest, his field of vision became contracted and ascetic, giving form to his series of microworks— small haiku-like abstractions made from bits of trash, often based or related to his favorite poets and writers: Paul Celan, Edmond Jabes, Walt Whitman, Thoreau, and Basho. Gradually his work moved into photo-collage and laser printing, combining surreal-like imagery and his own writings. Josh’s exhibitions include large-scale, abstract paintings in acrylic and oils, oversized works on paper, and large charcoal drawings.