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Joy Dellas

Joy Dellas
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Joy Dellas

paints her iconic animals and angels wherever her brush lands – whether it is recycled boards or tin flashing, fine art materials, or house paint – the sorts of things that end up in the colorful studio/garden of her well-lived-in Santa Rosa home.

 

My work is characterized by expressionist figurative imagery and brushwork, as well as a high key palette, bold composition and strong contrast. The mixed media paintings and drawings are made on a range of surfaces including recycled printing plates, door skin, aluminum flashing, building paper, mat board, canvas and paper. I work large or small scale, with fine artist’s materials or recycled materials and house paint, and with classical or contemporary themes.

I use real life, dreams, mythology, folklore and religious traditions. Pattern, symbolism and metaphor express the humor and pathos of the human condition Subjects include commonplace angels, rural blight, dogs and cats (frequently as symbols for male and female), and food. My art is about the connection between the sacred and the mundane. The basic necessities of life – food, clothing and shelter are always connected, on a deeper level to the primal and the sacred. My mother taught me from an early age to see the mystical and spiritual qualities in nature.

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