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Joseph Joy Paintings
1998-1999 Foundation course in art and design , Chelsea College of Art and Design, London1999-2002 BA Fine Art, at St Martin’s School of Art and Design, Londonformation
Group Exhibitions:
2004- “The Sex Show” The Lotus Gallery. Bath
2004- “Open”. Bow Art Trust . London.
2003- “Open”. Bow Art Trust . London.
2002-“Boobs”. Westbound Studios Gallery. London
2002- “Reactions”. The Williamson Gallery. Pasadena. CA.
2002- “Open”. Bow Art Trust . London.
2002- “Reactions”. Exit Art Gallery. New York.
2001- “Open” . Bow Art Trust. London.
2001- “Raw Canvas”. Aldwich Station Gallery. London.
2001- “Monogatory”, Tomato Gallery, London.
Artist's Statement:
My paintings all about, I feel are strongly influenced by Goya and like Goya it can be seen to be darkly comic with references to taboo cultural issues- punishment, sexuality, and tragedy. I also site the contemporary "Neurotic Realism School" amongst my influences: members like Martin Maloney with his "Naive" painting stile and sexually direct themes have been a source of inspiration.My work is often difficult to digest. It confronts society with its own notions of what is normal, or sexually decent, and what and who we are. This confrontation immerses the viewer in a series of obsessive images, which have titles reminiscent of children's fairy stories, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Hansel and Gretle's gingerbread house. All these fables have their darker sites. My intention is to juxtapose such titles in order to attach a narrative to the images, for example in the image of a man just been executed the title reads "Death of Pinocchio" (image #7), suggesting a serie of events that have led the sitter up to the scene that the viewer is witnessing, a point where actions are irreversible. The titles however, represent an idealistic image of childhood, perhaps the object of the painting was innocent and happier once. In contradiction to the image the children fable titles suggest a fantasy of happy ending, directly conflingting with the reality of unhappiness or tension depicted.In terms of painting style I have been using the medium of household paint to create bold almost cartoon images with an instant quality. These are deliberately "badly painted" to spoil their perfection and suggest a childish/naïve way of painting. I do not want a pictorial "perfection" as we are not living in a perfect world and my paintings depict a rawness of both subject matter and painting technique.
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