Gwen Joy - Joy Toys
I am an artist who specializes in colorful folk art paintings. My artistic style is outsider brut. It is primitive in style, raw emotionally, and mature in nature. Everyday I need to process new bits of information. In this sense my artwork is a mutation of myself as I'm adapting to my surroundings.
My artistic impulses are involved in a dialogue with the customs of the past and the stories of the present. I love to tie new stories and old folk tales into my work. I also love to play on words either formal or slang. I love painting animals, celebrities, made up fantasy creatures, and spirited women. Often, the made up creatures are half human and half animal. The spirited women are usually fashionable, full of emotion, and full of moxie.
I strive to produce an end product that has both strength and beauty. I believe the human mind is a lot like my artwork; filled with hard facts but also softened with abstract thoughts and emotions. The overlap between these two components is an interesting manifestation of mind and spirit.