Joseph Bounds has been making art since he was a child. He has drawn since he could hold a pencil, and, he began painting with oils at the age of 8. He studied art independently as a high school student; during this time he learned by experimentation and by studying the works of the artists of the past. After graduating high-school, Joseph enrolled at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. However, he withdrew from the university to spend a year in solitude exploring the possibilities of painting without distractions from the outside world. After this year, he enrolled at Barton College for a year before transferring to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he completed his BFA in 2017. During his time at the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Joseph explored many new ways of painting and drawing, eventually preferring large scale paintings of the nude body. After Graduating from SAIC, Joseph enrolled in the MFA program at the New York Academy of Art, however, he withdrew from the program within the first semester to pursue a career in painting full time.
Joseph held his first art show at the age of 17 at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill, NC. At the age of 18, his work was selected as a finalist (among the top 20 of approximately 20,000 entries) for inclusion in the annual Art Prize for Schools competition at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in the UK. He has continued to pursue art, showing and selling work privately and in various venues in North Carolina and Chicago. He currently resides in North Carolina where he works full time as a painter. In his spare time, he teaches figure drawing classes for continuing education students at Barton College in Wilson, NC.