Los Angeles based artist, Jill Joy, was raised in Arizona, Hawaii and Massachusetts under trying financial and emotional circumstances. The transcendence of these circumstances has fed her spiritual and artistic journey.
She attended Tufts University on scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in history and French. At Tufts she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After a brief stint in a corporate law firm in NYC that offered to pay her way through law school, she renounced the idea of becoming a lawyer and decided to pursue her passion, art. She then worked at the McKee Gallery in Manhattan where she became assistant director and discovered her true calling was to be an artist.
Her process is inspiration based: through meditative awareness, images emerge in her mind’s eye that reflect the state or evolution of her consciousness. The creation of these paintings for Jill is a purely meditative experience. This is communicated in the work which creates a sense of active peace in the viewer, much like meditation itself.
There are elements of abstract expressionism, surrealism and minimalism in her work culminating in a dynamic yet peaceful visual experience. In viewing Jill’s work one gets the sense of the soul’s energetic movement and development through space, time and the atmosphere. She has been strongly influenced by eastern mysticism. Artistically her influences include Rothko, Turner, the New York Abstract Expressionists and Magritte.
Jill’s work has been shown in galleries in New York, Florida, Texas and California including the eponymous Jill Joy Gallery in Los Angeles, CA which she opened for two years to introduce her work to the Los Angeles art scene and provide a venue for her series trifecta: Emotion, Consciousness and Illumination, which she exhibited as a "Ring Cycle". She has won numerous awards and residencies and her paintings are in private collections across the United States and Europe. And of course, LAoriginalArt is thrilled to show and promote her beautiful works of art here.