OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 27th, 5 - 7pm
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce "Cathedrals", an exhibition of paintings by Bristish artist, Steve Joy. The show opens on Friday, May 27, 2011 and continues through Friday, June 17, 2011.
Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, May 27 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.
Steve Joy was born and raised in Britain. After studying at Cardiff College and Exeter, he earned his MFA in painting from the Chelsea School of Art. Joy also obtained two fellowships; one sent him to Cheltenham, the other to Kyoto, Japan. A taste of the unknown and exposure to spiritual influences in Japan provided the impetus for Joy to travel more extensively and also acted as a catalyst in Joy's painting.
Joy explains for his current show, Cathedrals, "I wanted to revisit the idea of the Cistercian abbeys. Instead of being open, reductive and meditative, some, though not all, became noisy and complex, reflecting the turmoil of this past decade. My current paintings (and show) reflect the time I lived in Normandy, some years ago. I rented a studio in a village called Thury-Harcourt and became captivated by the silence and beauty of Cistercian abbeys. I travelled around France to visit and photograph these places of mystery and sanctuary. Later, I would search through the history of icon painting, and the faith and power of Byzantium, in order to imbue my paintings with that sense of commitment to ideals of spirituality that have always fascinated me. I would be happy if these new works might give the viewer a glimpse of the history and spirit left behind by these buildings because we no longer build cathedrals, but we do (and especially in America) continue to build wonderful museums, which are the cathedrals of our time."