signed and dated 1976 (verso)
40" x 26 1/2" (102 cm x 67 cm)
Through short, parallel strokes of paint Jose Joya effectively creates a structured or faceted effect in his abstract figurations. By composing an amorphous collage of planes that hover ambiguously in a set space, Joya’s work manages to permeate the canonical nature of painting by transcending the conservative norms of the medium. Motion is suggested by successive rough forms of flora and fauna, with the eye free to roam from one sliver to the other.
There is also a certain brittleness that emulates the brushstrokes that interact amid the overlapping surfaces of color within the environing the complementary green, red and blue tones. Joya’s strokes create a motion that is implied in the relationship between the leaf-like forms and space. The delicate leaf forms invigorate and charge the visual field with a lush abundance of energy that covers the entire space with a pictorial exuberance.