Joyce Riley

Location:  569 Prospect Avenue (between 10th & 11th Avenues) 
Instagram: @joyceriley99
Facebook: joyceriley99 ; prospectvisualarts

Election results, breakups, disappointments and this dark, divided place we call our country; I find the only way to break free from the fog is to focus on hope and joy. My paintings reflect the joys of summer: long warm days of sunshine, dirty kids, suntans, popsicles and playing so intensely that sleep comes the second one’s head hits the pillow.

I am drawn to art supplies found in a hardware store: enamel, Plexiglas, steel and wood. I crave bold color, the rigid boundaries of shape side by side and how these formal qualities create exciting possibilities.

 Most recently, I have had a solo exhibition of my paintings titled “Brooklyn Summer” at Founders Workspace in Brooklyn. I was born and raised in industrial Northwest Indiana, hold a B.S. in Art Education from Indiana University and an M.A. in Studio Art from NYU.  I teach Advanced Painting and AP Art History at LaGuardia Arts High School.  I live with my son and make art in Brooklyn.