The Last Train to Clarksville

Archival digital reproduction of original  

Edition: 3/100

24″ x 30″

Signature: front

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In 1999, Eric Joyner started to enter various juried shows at Artisans Gallery in Mill Valley, CA. In 2000, after years of painting other people’s pictures, Eric made the decision to only paint things that he liked and enjoyed. He began four different paintings series: San Francisco urbanscapes, paintings of old newspaper cartoons characters, Mexican masks, and last but not least, Japanese tin toy robots. The tin robots were the most popular and seemed to have the most possibilities so they became his focus.

Armed with a small collection of tin robots and spaceships, Eric Joyner began painting his toy subjects in earnest. In an attempt to bring the robots to life without having them lose their charm, Eric showed them where they belonged, in outer space. By 2002, the paintings were looking good, but Eric felt his toy subjects still needed something to play off of… perhaps a nemesis. After a month of searching for a ’nemesis,’ Eric had an epiphany while watching the movie ’Pleasantville.’ In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life of donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries always close at hand, it was not difficult to picture a battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when Eric went to bed that night. The rest, as they say, is history.

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