martin randall joyce

Martin Randall JOYCE

Martin Randall Joyce lives and works in New York City. His works between abstraction and representation are inspired by Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee and Andy Warhol. Joyce explores the boundaries and relationships between drawing and painting.  Drawing, being fundamentally based on a line (whether fat or narrow, heavy or light, sketchy or wee-defined) forces a strong focus on edges, and outlines.  For shading, it depends on techniques like cross-hatching, which is really just a lot more lines.  Everything flows from the sharp point of a pencil.  Painting, on the other hand, deals with spaces, intersecting planes and fields of color.  Edges only form where one field borders on another.  The colors and textures of the planar space itself are infinitely variable.  So he tries to do both together, incorporating drawing techniques into his paintings, drawing spaces instead of edges, mixing techniques to reach a synthesis where unexpected results can occur.

His works have been recently exhibited in New York, Madrid, Bologna and next in Naples in 2021.

In 2018 Martin Joyce has  joined the 2nd edition of the Gallery project «Mad of Naples and Somma Vesuvio -2, charmed by the little miracles he found: the synchronicity with the church Sant’Anna dei Lombardi and its beautiful frescoes, the splendid garden of the Chiostro di Santa Chiara just coming out a dark alley, the wonderful people met on the shoulders of Mount Vesuvius, the snow in March in Naples and another little miracle – the rain lifted just arriving in Pompeii, giving him the chance to enter and see the ruins in almost total solitude.  

The closing event will be hosted in May/June 2021 by the Sala Delle Carceri in the prestigious Castel dell’Ovo in the bay of Naples.


Selected works