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Joy Makon
Neighborhood: Windsor Terrace

ARTIST STATEMENT: Joy Makon paints representational watercolors that are based on observations of daily life. Landscapes and seascapes, often with figures incorporated into the scene, come from neighborhoods in Brooklyn and from travels domestically and abroad. Light-filled color integrated with a strong composition is important to her work— and there’s always the sky. It’s often the deal-breaker when it comes to settling on a particular subject for Joy to paint. Paintings take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete as she explores the unique chemistry of water, pigment and gravity on thick, beautiful paper. A graduate of Tyler School of Art, Joy worked for over 35 years as a magazine art director and designer. A few years ago she scaled back her design practice and now devotes most of her time to making art. She is an exhibiting artist-member of 440 Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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May-June 2016 Landscape: A Sense of Place at Site:Brooklyn, exhibitor at national juried art show
April-May 2016 Project Space New Work at 440 Gallery exhibitor
February-March 2016 New Member's Show at 440 Gallery exhibitor
2015 Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists Open Studio Tour participant
October 2015 Gowanus Open Studios participant
September 2015 Kefauver Studio, Damariscotta, ME, guest artist and exhibitor
June 2015 featured artist of the day
May-June 2015 Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Wide Open 6 national juried art show
March 2015 Park Slope Jewish Center Festival of the Arts first annual exhibition and auction
2014 Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists Open Studio Tour participant
2014 Brooklyn Lifelong Learning at Brooklyn College The Color is There, Waiting to Be Discovered solo exhibition

2014 watercolor and plein air workshops with painters including Joel Popadics
2013-present coursework in watercolor, painting, drawing
School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute
1972-1976 BFA, graphic design and photography
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

1985-2012 I have taught editorial and magazine design at Parsons School of Design, and Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator at New York University

Professional Background
2013-present I have refocused my creative background to concentrate on painting, specificially with watercolor. The work is based on what I see and experience in Brooklyn, New York City and through traveling, with a focus on landscapes, seascapes, still life, and portraiture.
1976-2014 As a magazine art director and designer, I have collaborated with editors and publishers to create magazines and editorial content for numerous publications. Some titles I have worked on include: Family Circle, Hearst Magazines, Weight Watchers, Target Stores, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Sixth and Spring Books, McCall’s, Redbook, Fairchild Publications, Harvard Business Review, Scientific America, Big Apple Greeter. I continue to take on design work if the project interests me and the time allows me to concentrate on my painting.

I have lived in Brooklyn since 1983, New York City since 1976, and haven’t looked back since.

647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217


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