about the artist

nowbehere2_paolakudacki

Now Be Here #2, photograph by Paola Kudacki

NEWS & EVENTS:
2017 440 Gallery May 25 – June 26 Joy will be showing new work in the Project Space.
May 26–June 26 Joy will be showing at Kefauver Studio & Gallery in A Taste of Pemaquid show in Damariscotta, ME.
September 7–October 8 Joy will have a major show of work in tandem with sculptor Richard Barnet at 440 Gallery. 440 Gallery calendar of events
Try and locate Joy—she is artist #58—from the assemblage of over 600 female artists who gathered at the Brooklyn Museum on the morning of Sunday, October 23 as part of Now Be Here #2, an event organized by Kim Schoenstadt, Shinique Smith and Paola Kudacki

PRESS:
The Brooklyn Paper Local Color: Step inside the artists’ studios in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace
BKLYNER Meet Your Neighborhood Artists

ABOUT JOY:
As an emerging artist with a concentration on representational watercolors, Joy Makon creates work that is based on observations of daily life. Landscapes and seascapes, often with figures incorporated into the composition, as well as botanic studies, all come from her neighborhood in Brooklyn, around New York City and from travels domestically and abroad.

I’m always on the lookout for a subject to paint. I want to be surprised and amazed by what I see. When something stops me in my tracks, such as a jungle of antennas on a Roman rooftop at sunset, I’ll document it carefully with photographs and then explore it back in the studio as a watercolor.

I strive to create nuanced painterly work that’s seen for light-filled color from a unique point of view. Paintings take anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks to complete. I spend time—often several days—drawing minimal, yet accurate pencil guides on my paper, and then turn to the watercolor to take advantage of its magic. The chemistry of water, pigment and gravity on thick, beautiful paper is as integral to the finished work as is the imagery.

My continuing challenge is to discover how to use all these elements to create artwork that is emotionally moving and speaks of a memorable time and place.”

Joy has had an amazing long-term career creating editorial content as a magazine art director and designer for titles and companies such as: Family Circle, Hearst, Weight Watchers, Target Stores, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Sixth and Spring Books, Scholastic, Inc., Harvard Business Review, Redbook, Scientific America. She continues to take on design work if the project and schedule is flexible enough to allow her time to paint.

Philadelphia along the Parkway, 1971, acrylic watercolor, from a pre-college painting program at Moore College of Art.

Philadelphia along the Parkway, 1971
acrylic watercolor, from a pre-college painting program at Moore College of Art.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Joy moved to New York City in 1976, equipped with a portfolio and a brand-new BFA from Tyler School of Art. She hasn’t looked back since. Her studio is located in a 100-year-old Brooklyn home that she shares with her husband Solomon, two cats and two gardens.

Joy is a member-artist at 440 Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn and can often be found at the gallery on weekends.

Please contact Joy if you would like to add one of her paintings to your art collection. Giclée prints, using exacting archival techniques on fine art paper, are available for many of the paintings in my portfolio. —Joy Makon, November 2016.

PAST EVENTS:2016: October/December: Joy participated in two Open Studio Weekends at Gowanus Open Studios and Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists. Visitors had the chance to meet Joy and view and discuss her artwork and watercolor techniques.
Wednesday, May 25–June 26 2016: Joy’s piece Travelogue: The View from My Roof in Rome was shown as part of the Landscape: A Sense of Place juried exhibition at Site:Brooklyn.
April 28–May 29 2016: New paintings in the Project Space at 440 Gallery.
February 2016: New Members Show at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn.
2015: November/December: During Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists Open Studio weekend, over 180 visitors toured Joy’s studio to view and purchase art. September: Guest artist on the lawn at Kefauver Galleries in Damariscotta Maine. Check out their Facebook page or website for updates. • October: Participated at Gowanus Open Studios 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

%d bloggers like this: