los angeles art

Off To A Great Start @Jill Joy Gallery! by Jill Joy

Thanks to all of you who attended the Grand Opening of the Jill Joy Gallery in January. My gallery and work were well received by the LA press and we got two great write ups so far! Read on for great quotes, press links and more news...

We Choose Art, Los Angeles, CA  "These pieces are fierce, evoking images of nature, change, the natural world and the spiritual world, and incorporating elements of surrealism, minimalism, and abstract expressionism…There’s a sense of emotion that seems to move off the canvas and directly at the viewer." More

Diversions LA "Enlightenment, karma, yoga, reincarnation – these are all elements in Joy’s work, which swirls with a kind of visual music filled with color and light; an orchestrated series of emotional crescendos." More...

Consciousness is on view by appointment through Feb 13. Please contact the gallery to see the show. Our next exhibit, Emotion, opens on Feb 20 with an reception from 6-8pm.

I Thought The World of You by Jill Joy

In the continuing quest of evolving consciousness through art this is one of my latest creations:

Jill Joy -  I Thought The World of Yo  u  - oil on canvas - 48x60" - 2015

Jill Joy - I Thought The World of You - oil on canvas - 48x60" - 2015

Below is a photo from my art studio on my easle. This work has a lighter palette than I have been working in lately. It's part of the process of working through the end of a relationship that meant a lot to me. I ended it, I have come to understand, because it no longer served my soul and my growth as a person and an artist. I ended it despite a very strong feeling of love for this person. Art is for me a way of processing my life. I express my thought and emotions through my abstract painting as thoughts and emotions are abstract.

That is the beauty of contemporary art in my opinion: It give us a visible, tangible access to those processes within ourselves, our lives and our emotions that we can't see.

Jill Joy,  I Thought The World of You , oil on canvas, 48x60x2.5", 2015

Jill Joy, I Thought The World of You, oil on canvas, 48x60x2.5", 2015

So I've been going back and forth, back and forth on it in my mind. Niggling it, worrying it, wondering about it. But when I think about returning to the same situation, I just can't fathom it. Lately I've been realizing it's important that I acknowledge that I can love some one even if it's not sustainable. People are in our lives for a reason if our stated purpose is spiritual growth. None the less, I can still love even if my soul no longer grows from the connection and thus I can't have them close to me. It's sad in someways but freeing as well. The freedom to grow is the most powerful freedom of all.