Arctic Quest
In 2006, twenty-five artists marked the 100th anniversary of Amundsen’s 1906 navigation through the Northwest passage with a journey of their own.
Painting shown is part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum's permanent collection.
John Joy 1925-2012
Painting by John JoyArtist's statement

I had the opportunity to sit on the deck of the ship and paint. The ship was in constant motion, but it had little or no vibration as it was designed for scientific purposes. We had a few days of constant light and our path took us through various channels and through constant icebergs and icefields. It has a captivating appearance that keeps you looking and looking. Sleeping becomes secondary. I managed 4 hours a day - always strange ice forms or long strings of clouds.

Off Greenland
15" x 22"


John JoyJohn was born in Toronto in 1925 and studied art under the tutelage of Carl Schafer and the renowned Doris McCarthy.

John is a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists. He is an active member of the Arts and Letters Club and has exhibited with the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

John is known for his tremendous sense of colour that brings his watercolours to life. He paints on location, preferring not to sketch or photograph his subject matter. John's location paintings enable him to capture the mood of the moment.

Throughout his career John has distinguished himself for his vibrant watercolours depicting the landscape of Canada.

An artist's artist, John tours extensively, demonstrating his skills at art schools and shows. Former students and fellow artists look to him as a continuing source of guidance and inspiration.

John has had numerous successful shows, his original watercolours are in many important corporate collections throughout Canada. John has exhibited in many prestigious, juried shows.


John JoyJOHN JOY Saying goodbye to brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend, John Joy is missed and will always be remembered as a striking individual whose perspective on life was and is still translated to everyone through his paintings and exuberance of capturing the true colours of nature, countryside and towns throughout the world. John passed away quietly on a peaceful evening with wife Elsie and family by his side. Born in Toronto (1925) and educated at Central Technical School (1940 - 45) and the Ontario College of Art (1944 - 48), John Joy travelled extensively across Canada, including the Arctic, Europe, Asia and US, seeking to capture the essence of his subject with watercolours, acrylic and oil paints, all of which he is remarkably proficient in. For many years, John demonstrated his art techniques for school children, has exhibited widely and had numerous successful one-man shows from where his paintings have gone to many parts of the world. He has shown with the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and is a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists. John Joy was a longtime member of the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. Reflecting on a lifetime of fulfillment, 86 year old John has painted for seven decades and has been called one of Toronto's, if not Canada's, most recognizable and respected painters.

Friends may call on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Private Interment. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or North York General Hospital. Condolences

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