Ethiopian by Steve Joy
Mixed media and oil on panel
15-1/2 x 11 inches
Steve Joy was born in Plymouth, England, in 1952, Joy served in the Royal Air Force from 1968 to 1975 and visited museums and cultural sights during his furloughs. In 1975, he enrolled at Cardiff College of Art in Cardiff, Wales, to pursue his passion for art. In 1979, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Exeter College of Art, Devon, England, and in 1980, he graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in London with a Master of Fine Art in Painting. Joy has worked and taught in a number of locations throughout Europe and Japan, and he moved to Omaha in 1999 as the curator of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Joy’s work is featured in the collections of many Nebraska and Iowa homes, corporations and institutions, as well as in international museums, including the British Council Arts in London, the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Barcelona, and the New York Public Library in New York City.
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