Jump for Joy: Jill Joy’s in Town

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There’s a new gallery in Los Angeles, the Jill Joy Gallery, located at 6124 Wilshire Blvd., just down the street from LACMA. The gallery owner is also the gallery’s resident artist:  Jill Joy creates vast abstract minimalist oil paintings redolent with light and color.

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Her inaugural exhibition, “Consciousness – New Paintings,”  sings of sea, sky, air and space, a surreal and vibrant world which the artist creates while in a meditative state, and which she hopes will serve as a meditative focal point for viewers.

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Self-taught, Joy has a successful following in what she calls secondary markets, such as Texas and Florida. To create the proper home for her work in LA, the artist felt compelled to open her own space, which she plans to share with other artists within the next year, artists whose works also support her own commitment to spiritual evolution.

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Joy describes her current exhibition, Consciousness,  as one of three main bodies of work each dealing with the spiritual.  “The next two shows will be titled Emotion and Illumination.  Each series concerns the evolution of our emotions.”

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While creating her art is a spiritual process for Joy, opening her own gallery was a practical consideration. “I started looking first in the South Santa Fe area south of downtown, but so many of the spaces were so large. Next I looked in the historic core, near Skid Row, but the space there honestly did not have the right feel. So my vision expanded west, and this just seemed ideal. I wanted to present my work in a beautiful environment.” Joy felt it was her mission to open a gallery space, and that it is the best way to present her work to viewers.

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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.  Experience her opening exhibition through February 13th.

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