Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV

Artist Bio

Joseph is a full-time, freelance artist since his college years at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the 90's.  A prodigy of sorts, Joe was doing life drawing as early as junior high school.  He started high school at St Charles and finished at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, an independent preparatory high school for the performing and visual arts located in the River West neighborhood of Chicago.

Other than some road trip adventures, college in Minneapolis, and a few month stint post college being a beach bum in Maui ; Joe is a lifelong resident of the Fox River Valley in Illinois (40 miles West of Chicago), and has two children, Logan and Hannah.  

He loves painting.  You will find his fine art and commercial work adorning homes and business, both interior and exterior, throughout the Fox Valley. 

He loves sculpture, as well, which he creates from bicycle parts, wood, found objects, ice and snow.  

Artist Statement

Joseph Gagnepain is engaged in the task of creating something meaningful from society’s refuse, working it into monumental works of art. Gagnepain mimics living forms with inorganic matter, creating animals, insects, plants, and whimsical abstractions from garbage. He works primarily in metal and plastic; including bicycle parts, plastic toys, antique metal pieces, car parts, and anything that can be scavenged to reduce environmental impact.

Joe believes that his art should serve the interests of his community by offering accessibility of his work for all to enjoy and be inspired by. Gagnepain’s pieces are meant to be outside, to be viewed by many, and be close to the natural world which informs them. To Joe, inspiration comes from many places, and interaction with the public is an important part of his artistic process.


Club Arcada, Arcada Theater, St Charles, IL (Current work in progress)
Pabst Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
Scott Marshall, Ink Master Champion, Spike TV
Chicago Bears, Chicago ,IL
Spirit Airways, Cleveland, OH
St Petersburg/Clearwater, FL
MassiveMedia, New York, NY
Camel Tobacco, Chicago, IL
Graham’s 318, Geneva, IL
Wheaton Park District, Wheaton, IL
Geneva High School
Muddy Waters Museum, City of Westmont, IL
Ray Witaski Law Office, Hampshire, IL
Kenosha Sculpture Walk, Kenosha, WI
Aurora Art Commission, Aurora, IL
Arcedium Coffeehouse, St Charles, IL
St Charles Public Art Committee
City of Davenport, IA
Chris Witaski
World Class Ice Sculpture
City of Geneva, IL
City of Aurora, IL
City of Elgin, IL
St. Charles North High School
St. Charles East High School
Jalapeno Grille, St Charles, IL
Chico's Tacos, Elburn, IL
West Chicago Public Library
Batavia Parks Foundation
Batavia Education Foundation
All Spoked Up, Batavia, IL
Batavia Enterprises Inc., Batavia, IL
City of Batavia, IL
Batavia MainStreet, IL
Aliano's, Batavia, IL
Gaetano's, Batavia, IL
Batavia Woman's Club
Martini Blu, Orland Park, IL
Anchor Pool and Spa, Huntley, IL
Geneva Chamber of Commerce
St Charles Chamber of Commerce
Marsha Wallace, Fox Valley Real Estate, St Charles, IL
Good Cents Children, Geneva, IL
The Liechti Collection
The Patel Collection
The Greater St. Charles Education Foundation
Fox River Cafe, South Elgin, IL