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Welcome to www.gwenjoy.com

Welcome to www.gwenjoy.com

Welcome to www.gwenjoy.comWelcome to www.gwenjoy.com

Showcasing snazzy paintings, necklaces and joytoys☺☺☺

Artist Resume, and other Good Stuff

Artist Statement


I am an artist who specializes in colorful folk art paintings. My artistic style is outsider brut. It is primitive in style, raw emotionally, and mature in nature.  Everyday I need to process new bits of information. In this sense my artwork is a mutation of myself as I'm adapting to my surroundings.

My artistic impulses are involved in a dialogue with the customs of the past and the stories of the present. I love to tie new stories and old folk tales into my work. I also love to play on words either formal or slang. I love painting animals, celebrities, made up fantasy creatures, and spirited women. Often, the made up creatures are half human and half animal. The spirited women are usually fashionable, full of emotion, and full of moxie.

I strive to produce an end product that has both strength and beauty. I believe the human mind is a lot like my artwork; filled with hard facts but also softened with abstract thoughts and emotions. The overlap between these two components is an interesting manifestation of mind and spirit.

Artist Resume/ Past Shows

Mercedes Research Center Art Display

4/2019 to 4/2020

13400 Outer Drive Detroit Michigan


"Kaleidoscope of Expression" 

10/12 to 10/27/2019

Pontiac Creative Arts Center


"Wild" Group Exhibit

 Curated by Scott Hocking May 24 to July 6 2019

 Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202


Cafe 1923

​ 2287 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 

"Springtime in Detroit. The Visual Puns and Silhouettes of Andy Ross and Gwen Joy Art Show"  

April 19 to May 26th 2019


Spread Art

5141 Rosa Parks Detroit MI 48208

"Erotocrat Seminar of 2019"

one night performance and art showing on April 13th 2019 7pm to Midnight


Minha's Coffee Haus

58 Cherry Street 

Mount Clemons, Michigan 48043

February 23rd to March 21st 2019. 


MOD Detroit
Urbanrest Brewing Company
2615 Wolcott St, Ferndale, MI 48220
October 13th 2018 5pm to 9pm


Oloman Cafe  
10215 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
The Female Bob Dylans of Detroit. The Art Show
Art opening is Sept 22 2018 6pm to 9pm
with Live music, comedy and poetry
​The Show runs until October 12th 2018.​


Office Space Gallery  2870 East Grand Blvd Detroit Michigan 48202
Opening September 30 2017 


Art Loft-  August 2017
Group Show - Mount Clemons MI

Fourteen East Cafe- June 2017
Solo Show - Detroit MI


333 Midland Gallery- February 2017
Group Show- Highland Park MI


Lawrence Street Gallery- Birds of a Feather -May 2016 Group Show - Ferndale MI


YMCA Boll Family - October 2015
Solo Show- Detroit MI


Detroit Artist Market -Holiday Art Show- November  to December 2013


Cafe Ollie- August 2013
Two Person Show- Ypsilanti MI



MICA Holiday Art Show- December 2012
Group Show- Lansing MI


Grey Area- December 2012
Manhattan New York City New York


Green Zone Pizza - December 5 2011 to March 2012 

Two person show - Grosse Pointe , Michigan


Whitdel Art Gallery- Detroit -Love Letters; A Typographic Affair- November 11 to December 30 2011


The Majestic Cafe - June 16 to August 16 2011
Detroit, MI - Color and Fun art show


Madonna University Gallery - January 10 to February 20 2011
Livonia, MI - Creature Art Show


Grosse Pointe Art Center- November to end of December 2010
Grosse Pointe, MI - Holiday Gift Gallery


New Center Park - Lighten Up and Dance - August 21
Detroit, MI - Night of Fashion, Music, and Art


Cass Cafe - July 17 - September 18 - Detroit and Issues- Detroit, MI


Gallery Project - June 18 - July 15 - Animal Farm theme art show - Ann Arbor, MI


Cafe 1923 - June 1 - July 1 - Women, Animals and Things - Hamtramick, MI


Cranbrook Art Institute - March 13 2010 - Bloomfield Hills, MI
One Day Bat Themed  Event and Art Show


The Ronald McDonald House December Art Show - Dec 1 2009- Jan 2 2010
3911 Beaubien Street - Detroit, MI


Pechu Kucha - November 24 2009
One Night Event of Art, Fashion, and Design - Detroit Film Theatre - Detroit, MI


The Furniture Factory - August 6 2009 - August 22 2009 - Detroit, MI - Group Show


Cityfest Art Gallery - July 1 - July 5 2009
Detroit, MI - I curated and exhibited in a Group Show called "Detroit Id"


Majestic Cafe - April 2 2009 - May 2009
Detroit, MI - two person show with Jason Smith


Christine's Cuisine - February 2009- March 2009 - Ferndale, MI - Solo Exhibit


Izzy's Raw Art Gallery 
January 31 2009- March 2009; Detroit, MI - "Intrepretation of Winter "- Group show



River's Edge Gallery - December 2008- February 2008

Wyandotte, MI - Noire Et Blanc, Group Show


The Woodward Lofts - October 2008
Detroit, MI - Solo exhibition in the main floor's windows


The Majestic Cafe- October 2008
Detroit, MI - Group show


Cityfest Gallery - Gwen's Urban Playhouse - July 2008
Detroit, MI -Curator and artist in group show


Art House - July 2008
Ann Arbor, MI - I painted a life sized mural for a feature film starring Iggy Pop


Red Marble, Blue Marble - May 2008
Detroit, MI - I painted an over life sized mural for a sci-fi feature film


The Black Diamond Box Gallery - April 2008
Chicago, IL -Solo art showing


Anton Art Center - October 2007
Mt. Clemons, MI - Halloween Group Show


The CityFest Gallery - July 2007
Detroit, MI - City celebrated festival curated art show


Zeitgeist Gallery - March 2007
Detroit, MI - Group showing of folk artists


The Motor City Brewery - February 2007


The Tangent Gallery - February 2007
Detroit, MI - Erotic group art show


Christine’s Cuisine - December 2006
Ferndale, MI -Solo exhibit of holiday themed work


Centaur Bar - August 2006
Detroit, MI - Solo art showing


The Bankle Building - August 2006
Detroit MI - Solo show


Izzy’s Raw Art Gallery - December 2004
Detroit, MI -Group Show of women artists


Pure Design Lab - Sept. 2004-Sept 2007
Detroit, MI - Store that showcased independent Detroit designers.


Ford World Headquarters - August 2003
Dearborn, MI - Solo exhibition


Tastefest Gallery - August 2004
Detroit, MI - Group show associated with Detroit’s renowned music and food fair


The Padded Cell - August 2003
Royal Oak, MI - Solo exhibition


Detroit International Institute Cafe - July 2003
Detroit, MI - Solo exhibition



Museum of New Art - February 2003
Detroit, MI - Part of The Dirty Show group exhibit



Detroit Contemporary Gallery - Sept. 2000
Detroit, MI - Group Exhibition


David Broderick Building - November 1998
Detroit, MI - Group exhibi

Ongoing Shows

MOCAD giftshop  Detroit Michigan  

​They sell my necklaces and joytoys  

https://mocadetroit.org/  


The Truth Art Gallery  Toledo Ohio

​Group show ​http://www.thetruthtoledo.com/Gallery.html 


Pontiac Creative Arts Center Gift Shop

47 East Williams Pontiac Michigan


The LuckenBooth

3650 Michigan Avenue Detroit 


The Anton Art Center Gift Shop

125 Macomb Plaza Mount Clemons Michigan


The Art of Custom Framing

3863 Rochester Troy Michigan




Current Exhibitions

01/9/2020 to 02/06/2020

Postcards for Patricia

4pm - 7pm

Art of Custom Framing 3863 Rochester Road Troy Michigan

Event Details

01/9/2020 to 02/06/2020

Postcards for Patricia

The opening is Thursday January 9th from 4 to 7pm and it is a benefit for ALS and for renowned artist Patricia Riascos who shows at this gal...

Event Details

4pm - 7pm

Art of Custom Framing 3863 Rochester Road Troy Michigan

2/1/2020

Art and Craft Beer Fest

noon - 10pm

The Cadillac Room inside Riverview Church 1115 South Washington Lansing MI 48910

Event Details

2/1/2020

Art and Craft Beer Fest

There are food vendors, art vendors and music and film and of course beer at this one day event. The event is from noon to 10pm on 2/1/2020....

Event Details

noon - 10pm

The Cadillac Room inside Riverview Church 1115 South Washington Lansing MI 48910

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