Shelley Joy: Abstract Modernism: Pirouettes Into Time

July 10-28, 2012

Reception: Thursday July 12, 5-8pm
Special Event: Saturday July 14, 3-6pm artist will be present
Closing Reception: Saturday July 28, 3-6pm artist will be present

Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to present selected oil paintings by Shelley Joy. As a high-spirited American original, she’s a visionary. Her knowledge and experience of dance, acting, and music all embody the word “Artist”. She believes in multi-faceted creativity when it comes to art, the art world and collaborations. Shelley also has a strong body of work which places her in the Neo-Contemporary Abstract Art scene in America. Relying on her experience and education, she creates a suggestive world of drama and mystery. Experimenting with texture, soft hues and color tensions in abstracted forms, she combines under-painting with over-laid top imagery: seeking the turning point of abstraction out of figuration. Her awareness of theatre and music gives her paintings a dramatic mysterious quality. The character in all her paintings, whether it be from her “Mountain Series” or her modern abstractions, all contain the character and texture of a sensual sensitivity. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Shelley Joy set the stage for her artistic career at the age of 15, and held her first exhibition at the Museo de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. She continued her studies in Greece at the Aegina Arts Center. She also received formal studio training at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and the Arts Students League in New York. She has shown works in the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C.; the Toyamaya Museum, Japan; the Vanderbilt Museum, L.I.; and the New Atrium Museum of the Louvre. Ms. Joy has had solo exhibitions in New York City at Toyamaya International Inc., Domus Design Center, and Sunda Fine Art. At Lever House, in the Visual Individualist United show, she won an award and was a guest lecturer. Also, she showed through Visual Individualist United at the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. (grant made possible by Charles E. Schumer). Among numerous group shows, she has shown at the Ambassador Galleries LTD along with Jerry Garcia, David Bowie and Ronnie Woods; at Charles Lucien Gallery with Keith Haring; and at Puccio Gallery LTD., N.Y.C. For further information please contact Blue Mountain Gallery at 646-486-4730.