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Now Be Here #2, photograph by Paola Kudacki

NEWS & EVENTS:
2017 
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
October 21–October 22 Gowanus Open Studios. Joy will be showing work at 280 Nevins Street, 2nd floor Arts Gowanus
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:
Joy Makon is a passionate observer of color and light; she explores the relationships of watercolor paint, heavy paper and contemporary reality. Her paintings are impressionistic observations of daily life through landscapes and seascapes, often with figures incorporated into the composition. Subjects come from neighborhoods in NYC, and from travels domestically and abroad. Makon employs classic drawing and watercolor techniques in her paintings. It is her unique approach to subject, composition, point-of-view that makes her work anything but traditional.

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.”

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.

Joy has a BFA in graphic design and photography from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, where she studied with John Moore, Stanislaw Zagorski and Joseph Scorsone. Her work has been shown in juried and gallery shows and can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. She has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers and the Society of Illustrators, for her work as a magazine art director.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Joy has lived in NYC since 1976. 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, August, 2017.

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