Joy Honingsberger, deceased

Joy Honingsberger, deceased

Joy studied at the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town and afterwards worked on various magazines and newspapers as a studio designer. In 1988she founded Octavon with friends and the group has been painting and exhibiting ever since. Joy has exhibited widely in group and solo shows and in 1988 won first prize in the regional level of the Laing competition, her entry being subsequently exhibited in the Mall Galleries, London. She was elected RBSA in 1997. “Colour has always played a large part in my painting life, I expect my early background in South Africa has something to do with it. Growing up in such a wonderful country with huge skies and light is bound to influence ones outlook . We know how the intense light and colour of the Mediterranean affected Van Gogh , Gauguin and Matisse – these and the Fauvist painters Derain and Cezanne. I am always drawn to the drama and colour of landscape and try to bring some of this, even on grey English days, to my work. Drama and atmosphere are benchmarks for me. I hope I can convey some of these impressions to the viewers of my paintings and maybe lift their spirits a little.