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13 November 2015

Eric Joyner Art Show


“Born in San Mateo. My childhood was fairly uneventful, doing usual things: reading comics (mostly Mad, Creepy, Eerie & newspaper comic strips), playing sports, going to school, and drawing and painting. I remember going to a huge Van Gogh exhibit as a child at the De Young in SF (and being very impressed,) & taking painting lessons with my older sister at the local rec center. Around first grade, classmates & teachers started to take notice of my work, and eventually my paintings from a fourth grade class, along with some other students work, were chosen for an extended statewide tour.

In high school, I spent my energy drawing, painting & working in a lumber mill to save for school. After winning a few awards, I knew I’d attend art school.  I left home to attend the Academy of Art in San Francisco for 4 years. While there, I made a few friends & won some awards. Later, with influential teachers like Francis Livingston, Kazu Sano, Bill Sanchez & Robert Hunt, my illustration skills improved. Soon I was getting a few advertising jobs during his last semester at the Academy (mostly pen & ink & school book assignments).

After Art school, I joined the SF Society of Illustrators, participating in their annual shows, charities & Air Force art programs. Clients were educational publishers, high tech companies, card companies, magazine publishers & ad agencies. In 1989 I won two gold medals in the S.F.S.I. annual show.

During the recession of the 1990’s, I took a computer animation assignment, not knowing mouse from a hole in wall…learning 5 programs at the same time. After 3 months of torture, I chose not to pursue animation. The training was good though; I still use some things I learned. A few years later, I took a job texture mapping & got to relive the learning/producing nightmare. My next job, doing backgrounds for internet cartoons at Spunky Productions, was not such a headache.

In 1999 I entered various juried shows at Artisans Gallery in Mill Valley. The work was well received. Shows in other galleries, (usually group shows) were positive as well. In 2000, after years of painting other people’s pictures, I made the decision to only paint things that I liked. Four series of paintings of different subjects were started; they were San Francisco urban-scapes, paintings of old newspaper cartoons characters, Mexican  masks, and Japanese tin toy robots. Though all four series of these subjects were enjoyable to do, I chose to focus on the tin robots, as they were the most popular, & seemed to have the most possibilities.

So, armed with a small collection of robots & spaceships, I began painting them in earnest. To bring them to life without loosing their charm, I showed them where they belonged: outer space. By 2002 the paintings were looking good, but they still needed something to play off of… perhaps a nemesis. After a month or so of searching for a ‘nemesis’ I had an epiphany while watching the movie ‘Pleasantville.’ In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life of…donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries always close at hand, it wasn’t difficult to see the battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when I went to bed that night. The rest is history.”

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