Joy Lightman

Painter, United Kingdom
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I am driven by my desire to understand people, relationships and emotion, and this has informed my creative work. I am still trying to make sense of the world around me, and continue to explore these three strands of life that most interest me through life experience, through travel and through my work.

By using layers, texture and strong colours to translate my emotional landscape onto canvas, my aim is to produce something that feels both organic and authentic. I continue to experiment with non-traditional application of paint – hands, household objects, found objects, paper, cardboard, fabric – to create interesting textures and unusual effects. By spontaneously applying colour it gives an intuitive feel to my paintings allowing total freedom of expression. I use acrylic paints as their quick-drying nature aids this impulsive method of painting, allowing layers to be added in quick succession.

My paintings function as metaphors for different emotional states, for journeys both real and imagined, for people and places. I am interested in our emotional response to colour and also what lies beneath the surface, the parts of our story that remain untold. I use various techniques which layer, obscure and reveal to create texture and interest, but also to reflect these ideas. My use of strong bold colours has been influenced by my travels, particularly India, Nepal, SE Asia and Africa.

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