Jeff Joyce: Wanderers


Jeff Joyce won notice early in his career as part of a group of young painters known as the Neo-Romantics, who by evoking earlier artistic traditions “sought to restore the magic of art in a cynical climate dominated by rhetoric, the media, and the marketplace.”  Distinct from others in this group, however, Joyce’s works go beyond nostalgic or ironic reference to the past and suggest an ideal of the landscape as a private world.

Depicted in a subdued palette of blues, greens, and grays, often punctuated by an ethereal silver moon or a hazy yellow sun and isolating an iconic tree or a curving horizon, Joyce’s moody, expressive scenes offer a level of spiritual or symbolic meaning.  His work has been said to “illuminate the soul of the natural world as Whistler and Yeats did.”