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John Joy


John Joy (1925-2012) was one of a few contemporary artists devoted to the art of on-the-spot painting of the Canadian landscape. In a time when the camera dominates as the intermediary between the subject and the artist, Joy did away with this unnecessary filter. The subtle variations in light within his watercolours and acrylics are a direct result of this method of working. No camera could interpret the translucency of sky and snow with the depth of perception that Joy displays in his art. The same is true of his tremendous sense of colour. The kind of visual truth that John Joy presents in his work can only be achieved by direct contact with nature and its studious contemplation.

This method of working was favoured by both of his renowned early mentors, Doris McCarthy and Carl Schaefer. John Joy was a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists and was a member of the Toronto Arts and Letters Club. He has also exhibited with the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

John Joy paintings can be found in numerous private collections throughout Canada and Europe.

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John Joy


John Joy - Dufferin Street (1993)


Title: Dufferin Street (1993)

Medium: Acrylic on masonite

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: Unframed: 8.0" x 10.0" (20.32cm x 25.4cm)

Signature: Signed and dated lower right.

Exhibitions: Painting was part of John Joy Solo Commemorative Exhibition at White Wall North Gallery, Toronto on September 22, 2012.

Literature: Reproduced at page 76 in "Arabella - Canadian Art, Architecture & Design - Fall 2012".

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