Eric Joyner is a local San Francisco artist with a groovy penchant for donuts and robots flavored with a dash of Magritte symbolism. He grew up in the Bay Area and pursued his schooling here as well.
Eric is a sometimes-shy, sometimes-not, kinda guy with a satirical, dry wit – who paints wonderfully engaging landscapes. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that he kind of looks like Captain Kirk. He showed with Eclectix a few times, back in the day, and his works always carried us away – to a comic book land of greenery and space age nostalgia.
From Eric’s glib & fun biography:
“Joyner’s mother was a Methodist who would bribe her young son with donuts to go to Sunday school. His father, an atheist, said mean stuff about Jesus behind his wife’s back. Despite their differences of opinion on God, the Joyners built a loving home for their children and nobody grew up to be too weird.”
My favorite art memory from my childhood is…
It was in the 3rd or 4th grade… When my work was chosen for a traveling art show, with some other kids. I had copied a Picasso painting of a cowboy type guy from National Geographic. That was pretty exciting for a kid whose greatest achievement up to that point was probably my ability to sit in trees eating sunflower seeds with my friends.
My interest in art/painting started …
I was drawing since kindergarten. I started to get very serious about it in high school.
I am often inspired and motivated by…
Nature, donuts, science, machines, trees and philosophy.
A question you have been asked before I am sure, but we need to ask for the record – Why donuts? What do they symbolize to you?
Upon deciding to become a gallery artist, I had to make some rules, or guidelines. They were as follows: 1- I will only paint things I like, 2 – The subject(s) had to be something that I could paint for 30 years, and 3- That people like it.
Donuts & robots together make no sense. I find this interesting.
If I could spend the day with any artist (dead or alive) it would be…
Vincent Van Gogh.
And we would…
Paint some French landscapes. We would refrain from cosmetic surgery.
The tip or art technique (a specific tidbit of craft, advice or mechanical expertise) that has helped me the most is …
That would have to be getting a good understanding of perspective and also, switching from acrylics to oil. Oils dry slower than acrylics and I think oils are more organic.
If I could own one piece of art, out of the world’s collections, it would be …
Most any Van Gogh painting, N.C. Wyeth or F. Frazetta painting
My favorite piece of my own art is…
‘The Final Blow (below), because… I like everything about it.
My ultimate project or fantasy is …
To have an art show at the MET in New York.
The last song I choose to listen to was…
Moonlight Mile by the Rolling Stones.
The last book I couldn’t put down was …
George Orwell’s ‘Down and Out in Paris and London ‘
My favorite word is … Yes
I can’t live without … Music
My favorite motto (or quote) is…. Still waters run deep.
It’s not hip, but I really love … Old literature
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Any new shows/events coming up that we should know about?
I have a new painting for the group theme show about motion, at The Corey Helford Gallery (June 2012) and a solo show there in a year or so. I’ll have a booth at ComiCon this Summer and open my new art studio up to the public this November. (Link-http://www.artspan.org/sfopenstudios)
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