John Joy is a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists and is still an active member of the Toronto Arts & Letters Club. He continues to exhibit with the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. A graduate of Central Tech's art course back in 1945, Joy has wandered the world, travelling from the Arctic and Alaska to Europe, China and the Caribbean.
Joy paints entirely on location. He does not sketch or photograph his subject matter. His on-the-spot renditions enable him to capture the mood of the moment. He feels that any artist worth his grain of salt must practice drawing and sketching as well as painting. "Drawing is the essence. It's the key. I can draw. Painting gives me a terrific high. If you get something that works, you glow. It doesn't happen that often."
Throughout his career, he has distinguished himself through his use of vibrant colours. Depicting the rural structures of mills and barns in his landscapes, he has recorded history. When the weather is too formidable up in the Haliburton area, where he loves to go, then he can be found painting the quaint backyard scenes of Toronto's inner city.
Joy has had numerous successful shows and his original watercolours are in many corporate and private collections throughout Canada.
"Nude" - Original Watercolor by John Joy 1968 - 30" x 37"
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