“Although abstract, I paint what I see… the beautiful countryside all around me… the rolling hills, mountains and distant views… the ever changing sky, nearby fields, woods and streams… old barns… haystacks… weeds and wild flowers… everything.”
– Joyce Weinstein
A prominent New York artist who has exhibited widely, Joyce Weinstein brings an abstract sensibility to landscape imagery. She captures the feeling of “beautiful countryside". In depictions of “rolling hills, mountains and distant views, the ever-changing qualities of the sky, fields, woods and streams, old barns, haystacks, and weeds and wild flowers”, she conveys the essence of what she has seen and felt, making what is seemingly ambiguous, “tangible and unique.” The colors she observes seem to “appear,” such as a “sudden bright red, like a single flower all alone in a field of browns, tans, and umbers; the red of an old barn sitting in a field of snow; the colors of newly cut corn fields; or the changing hues of sky, grass, trees, and bushes.” Her canvases represent another kind of “landscape painting,” more “real” than literal interpretations.
Born in New York in 1931, Weinstein studied at City College of New York and the Art Students League. Weinstein’s first solo exhibition was in 1953 at the Perdalma Gallery in New York City, where she would have additional solo shows from 1954 through 1956. Her work has subsequently been featured in one-artist exhibitions in Houston, Texas; Edmonton, Canada; Cologne, Germany, Chicago; Calgary, Canada; Minneapolis; and Naples, Florida. In 2012, a solo exhibition of Weinstein’s work was held at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York. Weinstein has been included in many group exhibitions, at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Sarah Institute, New York; Riders Mills Historical Society, New York; Canajoharie Art Gallery, New York; Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Steinhardt Conservatory; Queens College; the Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York; the Edmonton Art Museum, Canada; the Centro de Creacio Contemporia, Barcelona, Spain; the Cologne Art Fair, Germany; the Queens Museum, New York; Pace University Art Gallery, New York; Sweet Briar College, Virginia; Randolph- Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia; Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the New School for Social Research, New York; Weatherspoon Art Gallery Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; the Kresge Art Center, East Lansing, Michigan; the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York; and New York Cultural Center Museum.
Weinstein is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Edmonton Museum, Canada, the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; the Hines Collection, Boston; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Clint Eastwood Collection, Palo Alto, California; the Queens Museum, New York;, the Ciba Geigy Collection, New Jersey; the Centre de Creacio Contemporia Museum, Barcelona, Spain.
Among her many awards, Weinstein was the recipient of the Lambert Fund Award, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Philadelphia.