Portrait of an Artist~ Kevin Joyce

Artfest Kingston Canada Day Weekend

Kein Joyce ~ Riverview Fine Art Studio

Kevin had an interest in art from an early age.In his teenage years,he often went on sketching trips along the Rouge Valley in Scarborough.At the age of 16,Kevin entered in the drawing competition at Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto and won 1st place for a drawing of a pioneer stump fence.Kevin attended high school at Wexford Collegiate Institute in Toronto.Here he studied life drawing,mixed media and graphic design.Kevin has always included minute detail in his graphite drawings.One of his teachers once commented that his work was scrimshaw -like because of detail.Because of the detail some drawings &paintings can take several months to complete.After the passing of his younger brother in 1988 Kevin put his talent to rest for nearly two decades until 2006 when he joined the Muskoka Arts&Crafts.Recognition came quickly,at the 2007 Muskoka Arts & Crafts spring members show his graphite drawing titled Aging Gracefully won an award of excellence.Kevin also won 2nd place overall at the Kempenfest Fine Art & Craft Festival in Barrie Ontario that same year.Another major accomplishment was being selected in 2008 from over 200 hundred artists to display his artwork at the 18th annual Autumn art Sale held at revered McMicheal Gallery in Kleinburg Ontario,Canada.In 2010 two of his graphite drawings received special recognition entered in the 11th annual International Realism Exhibition featured at Upstream People Gallery.com.Two artists that inspired Kevin growing up were the late Canadian artist Ken Danby and American graphite artist Paul Calle.Kevin works in various mediums including graphite,watercolour,acrylic and oils.His subject matter ranges from old buildings,vehicles, and found relics.Kevin's drawings are incredibly detailed and his paintings focus on the epic grandeur of the Canadian landscape in breathtaking colour.

In Kevin's words...

"Over the last couple of years my painting has changed to a style which is in the middle between Realism & Impressionism. For all of my artwork I personally take all my own photographs and hike to the location. My latest painting titled View over Killarney & OSA Lake I hiked to the top of the crack trail in Killarney Provincial Park in October of 2011.That day I spent a few hours sketching out an ink drawing of the scene and had my lunch. There's no better way to spend an afternoon."

Posted on June 4, 2013 .