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Meet the artist behind NJTV’s winning mug doodle

BY Lindsay Rassmann, Associate Digital Producer |

It’s official! After receiving dozens of submissions, countless rounds of internal voting, and compiling more than 350 votes from NJTV’s social networks in the final round of competition, there’s a winner in NJTV’s first-ever Mug Doodle Contest.

Meet Joseph Bareket, or as you may know him by his artist moniker, ‘De Yos’.

Fifty-one-year-old Bareket is a 19 year employee of the New York City Department of Sanitation. He lives with his wife and three daughters on Staten Island, but says New Jersey has always played a vital role in his family’s life.

Bareket’s winning mug doodle draws on his and his family’s experiences in New Jersey

“Almost any weekend you can find us somewhere in the Garden State, either enjoying its bucolic scenery, or partaking in many of its varied cultural attractions. Whether it is on beaches like, Belmar, Point Pleasant, Wildwood; Lovely towns like, Freehold, Long Branch, Princeton, or the beautiful and quaint village of Westfield where we enjoyed the privilege of being members of the Memorial Pool last summer, the state’s countless museums, and state parks; the great county fairs and festivals, we love and thoroughly enjoy and take advantage of each and every single one of them!”

As a self-identified Anglophile, Bareket says he counts on public television to quench his “endless thirst” for all things British. It was during one of NJTV’s British programs that he saw a commercial for NJTV’s Mug Doodle Contest and knew he had to enter.

“In my mind I had a pretty clear vision of what New Jersey, and NJTV, meant for my family and myself. It was that same vision of my own family on one of those weekends, lovingly enjoying each other’s company, all of us partaking in all Jersey has to offer on one of her many beaches and boardwalks. All while under that canopy of the PBS logo, there as a sort of radiating sun of culture, community, and knowledge,” he said.

Bareket displaying his oil and watercolor landscapes at the 2018 Snug Harbor Fence Show

As far back as he can recall, Bareket says he’s always been creating in various mediums — oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolor and charcoal. For the past few years his work has been shown in the annual Snug Harbor Fence Show, last year creating a series of smaller oil and watercolor landscapes specifically for it.

“I can still smell the aroma from the oil pastels set that my parents bought for me when I was around six. To this day it still intoxicates and inspires me to create,” Bareket added.

He says it’s pleasing to know that people get what he’s doing and “maybe even like it a little.”

“It is a real honor to have my design selected to represent NJTV, and the State of New Jersey, in upcoming events cultural events,” he said.

You can find Bareket’s design on NJTV’s 2019 Community Mug in person at various NJTV events throughout the year.