Painting

Vignette: Joyce Garner

  "Cellist" by Joyce Garner, 6x18ft, oil on canvas (2014), $22,000 |  BUY NOW

"Cellist" by Joyce Garner, 6x18ft, oil on canvas (2014), $22,000 | BUY NOW

  Garner in her studio with a blank canvas.

Garner in her studio with a blank canvas.

Joyce Garner is a self-taught painter and native Kentuckian who paints large. Her Big Paintings come from her ongoing series of “table paintings”, wall-sized compositions, “…telling the complications of family through time,” says Garner. “They are filled with hopes, regrets and wishes—from the past, and for the future.” 

The artist likens these paintings to novels, the visual equivalent of long-form literary narratives comprised of many smaller stories. Patience is rewarded with this work - allowing your mind to slowly explore the people and the interactions. You might imagine you can hear the words being spoken, some of them in the heat of anger, some barely discernible whispers that you must strain to comprehend. These are, after all, whether by blood or association, families, and families are where we find the deepest currents of human emotion.

“My biggest paintings, shown un-stretched, began with frustration from working with smaller canvases. I got tired of banging around all the panels. Canvas comes in a roll or bolt. Different widths are available but a standard length is 6 yards. So I decided to paint the bolt.” 

  "Chopsticks" by Joyce Garner, 60x48in, oil on canvas (2016), NFS

"Chopsticks" by Joyce Garner, 60x48in, oil on canvas (2016), NFS

Garner also owns a gallery in Louisville, Kentucky in the NuLu neighborhood: garner narrative contemporary fine art, and is also represented by galleries in Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee. Her works have been exhibited in various galleries across the country and internationally. In June of 2016 her 29 foot-long mural, "catch a falling star," was installed in the UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: University of Kentucky, B.S., 1968
Website: tablepaintings.com
Gallery Representation: garner narrative contemporary (Louisville)

  "Joyce Garner in her studio" Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis For LVA (2016)

"Joyce Garner in her studio" Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis For LVA (2016)

  "Power Outage" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas   (2016), $4500 |  BUY NOW

"Power Outage" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas (2016), $4500 | BUY NOW

  "Rickrack" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas   (2016), $4500 |  BUY NOW

"Rickrack" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas (2016), $4500 | BUY NOW

  "Testing The Waters" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas   (2016), $4500 |  BUY NOW

"Testing The Waters" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas (2016), $4500 | BUY NOW

  "Wallpaper" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas   (2016), $4500 |  BUY NOW

"Wallpaper" by Joyce Garner, 48x60in, oil on canvas (2016), $4500 | BUY NOW

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