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Cover: Detail of Not Black and White, acrylic on canvas, 36x36
Right: Jil l Joy in her studio
Photo Credits: Scott Carmella, Baha Danesh and David Oleary
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evolution towards enlightenment Art bridges the gap between the spiritual and material, draws connections between
what we see and what we sense, attempts to plumb the mysteries of life and death.
Over the course of 25 years I have explored painting as a spiritual discipline, a path
of purification of mind and body and of the development of my soul - as a path
I have watched my work evolve into three distinct and now concurrent bodies of work
representing the three aspects of the self: Emotion (the body), Consciousness (the
mind), and my latest series, Illumination (the spirit or soul); A spiritual and artistic
trifecta that expresses the interrelatedness of these aspects of human existence that
must evolve simultaneously to achieve the ultimate spiritual goal of enlightenment.
Along the way to this discovery, I engaged in much experimentation. This work is
contained in a series called The Journey.
It is my hope that the work will become as meaningful to you as it is to me.
ART EVOLVES CONSCIOUSNESS CONSCIOUSNESS EVOLVES ART
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table of contents
Emotion p. 8
Consciousness p. 36
Illumination p. 72
The Journey p. 92
Biography, CV p. 124
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www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy 11Facing: Jill Joy with I Can Live Without You, oil on canvas, 72x48x2.5
Emotion addresses the temporal, personal, human struggle that includes loss,
pain, joy, change, frustration, grief and aspiration. The paintings are intense,
active and filled with a sense of energy in motion; powerful expressions of the
unharnessed creative force that initiates change and growth, as are emotions when
felt and constructively expressed.
My technique in this work is heavy, dense and multi-layered. Oil paint thickly applied,
often with a spackle knife or trowel that sometimes takes years to dry, similar to old
wounds and deep feelings. This technique evolved as I worked to give physicality
and weight to emotions and the sense of movement as I ride my emotional waves to
resolution and transformation.
Emotions must be felt, allowed to flow and move through us in order to give us their
message and transform us.
www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy12 Grief, oil on canvas, 48x72x1.5, 2009
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Do You Love Me, oil on canvas, 60x48x2.5
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www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy 17Emotion Series, Gallery Installation View
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Death Comes and Recedes, oil on canvas, 48x72x1.5, 2012
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Summoning The Heart of Love, oil on canvas, 60x72x2.5, 2012
www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy20 Dissolution, oil on canvas, 60x72x1.5
www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy 21Self Sacrifice, oil on canvas, 36x48x1.5
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Dissolution, oil on canvas, 60x72x1.5, 2012
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Self Sacrifice, oil on canvas, 36x48x1.5, 2011
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His Confused Heart, oil on canvas, 60x48x2.5, 2012
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Shes Come Undone, oil on canvas, 60x72x2.5, 2013
www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy28 The Journey, oil on canvas, 48x72x1.5
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Divertere, oil on canvas, 36x36x1.5, 2012
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Not Black and White, acrylic on canvas, 36x36x1.5, 2012
www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy32 Blame, acrylic on canvas, 60x72x1.5
www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy 33Two Worlds Collide, oil on canvas, 72x48x1.5, 2011
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Red Sea, oil on canvas, 24x20x1.5
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Blue Black Sea, oil on canvas, 24x20x1.5
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light of emotion
by Shana Nys Dambrot
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Painter Jill Joy is not satisfied with mere representation of the external world, however beau-
tiful; and in her longing to instead more fully express her inner life has recourse to abstract
gesture and the soulful power of color.
Her lush, saturated, refined, and richly detailed paintings evoke rather than describe the
contours and atmospheric jouissance of the natural world. Executed in a kind of meditative
semi-trance, they are more like artifacts, residues of the energy that produced them, both art
historically/materially and spiritually galvanized process paintings of the highest order; and
further, physical conduits of that same luminous energy, radiating into the world.
Her reds sweep the prismatic gauntlet from ruby to crimson, cherry enamel to fiery Autumn,
sunset clouds to shadows in a glass of port. Pops of gold, blood orange, greens of forest and
emerald intermingle with violet, ultraviolet, indigo, cold slate grey like flagstone walkways.
Sweeps of inky, absorptive black; and from snow to diamonds more varieties of white than
we would ever otherwise notice. Blue, of course, from dawn to dusk, to choppy water and
glacial ices, prayer flags to sapphire, and blues that live only in the imagination.
Passages proliferate with kaleidoscopic density of detail, alternating with areas of replete
emptiness which is not negative space, but rather full with a tangible emptiness.
Shana Nys Dambrot is a Los Angeles based art critic and curator. She regularly contributes
to The Huffington Post, ArtLTD Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, and other publications.
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I look up and I see the sky.
It becomes part of me.
My feelings like clouds
against the clear blue vastness,
scudding across the backdrop of
I look out and I see the ocean.
It becomes part of me.
My memories like islands
in a sea of universal mind.
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Gathering Storm, oil on canvas, 48x72x2.5, 2014
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Samskara, oil on canvas, 54x84x2.5, 2015
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has crashed through my life
from what has tormented me
and sustained me
I sit here in the silence
in the receding tide
what will become of me
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Wave, oil on canvas, 57x69x2.5, 2015
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Jill Joys beautiful paintings are reflections of the soul. Her inspired contribution adds to the betterment
of our homes and community. Beauty manifested through art allows our collective consciousnesses to
advance by positive influence. These pro-social byproducts elicit Joy, Jills namesake; and Love, the
universal energy/intention elucidated upon by all religious and spiritual traditions.
Dr. Charles Freeman, Ph. D. Psychologist
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Hope, oil on canvas, 36x36x1.5, 2013
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www.jilljoy.com 2016 Jill Joy 51Thought Forms (compassion), oil on canvas, 20x60x2.5, Installation View
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Thought Forms (compassion), oil on canvas, 20x60x2.5
Study for Magenta Sky, oil on canvas, 6x18x1.5
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Rain, oil on canvas, 48x60x2.5, 2014
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This work is striking; the off-center void allows my eye to rest on something; my mind to contemplate.
It is like a window, and the seemingly perfect white of the void provides a sense of the infinite.
Eric Domeier, AIA, Domeier Architects Inc.
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