joy huyck

an online portfolio of original works of art by artist joy huyck.

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about the artist

Joy's most recent series of paintings are a combination of washes and deep texture. The washes are reappearing in Joy's work after many years as a watercolorist. The texture is a part of her natural expression in the creation of each painting. 
Joy has always observed landscapes and seascapes, their beauty and diversity, as she traveled throughout the United States and many European countries. Recently, she included botanical treasures as she observed her surroundings while traveling.


Bachelor of Arts Degree-Art Education
Eastern Michigan University
Masters of Art Degree-Painting
Wayne State University


The Michigan Water Color Society
Detroit Artist's Market
Rackham Gallery - Ann Arbor
Hackley Museum - Muskegon
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Kalamazoo Institute of Art
Battle Creek Art Center
The Detroit Institute of Art Rental Gallery
Birmingham - Bloomfield Art Association
The Scarab Club - Detroit
Oakland University - Farmington Hills
The Birmingham Community Center
Macomb Center For the Arts
Midland Center For the Arts
Birmingham Conference Center
Starring Gallery – Northville, MI
The Art of Custom Framing – Troy, MI


(Representing Ms. Huyck's work, both in the past and presently)

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Image 360 - Plymouth, MI
Starring Gallery - Northville, MI
The Art of Custom Framing Gallery – Troy, MI

permanent collections

 Foremost Insurance Company, Grand Rapids, MI
Albion College, Albion, MI
Arthur Anderson Corporation, Grand Rapids, MI
Old Kent Bank, Grand Rapids, MI
Warner, Norcross and Judd Law Firm, Grand Rapids, MI
The Seidman Offices, Washington, D. C.
The Veterans Facility of Grand Rapids, MI
Mitsui Corporation - Southfield, MI
Manulife Insurance Company, Birmingham, MI
Maple Law Offices, Birmingham, MI
Medical Transcribers, Inc., Southfield, MI
Computer Alliance, Farmington Hills, MI
Walsh College, Troy, MI
The United Artists Theaters, Manhattan, New York
General Motors Corporation, Detroit, MI
Chrysler World Headquarters, Auburn Hills, MI
Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Marshall, Charleston, S.C. - Private Collection, Charleston, S.C.
Freddie Mac Corp., Los Angeles, CA
Mr.& Mrs. Thane Namy – Private Collection, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Mr & Mrs. Jerome Cislo – Private Collection, Englewood Florida
Mr. & Mrs. Brad Huyck – Private Collection, Northville, MI

Texture is the most important element in Joy's art. It is derived by the application of model paste and other mediums to the drawing on the canvas. Templates and a variety of materials are then pressed into the wet surface in order to create the desired effect, the areas are then allowed to dry.

Staining and layering of color is the next most important element in Joy's art. Each layer of color is allowed to set and dry for 24 hours. Between each layer of color, the areas are sanded, scraped, and in other ways distressed in order to manipulate the texture. The numbers of layers range from 10 to 20 or more, on each canvas. Upon close observation, the viewer can delve deep into the surface of each canvas, discovering the many layers.

These techniques have been developed by the artist over the past 50 years.

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