Joel Hoyer website

Donated by Sandra Lee Gallery

In Ison’s Tail

Egg-tempera, silver leaf on gessoed wood

27″ x 18″

Retail Value: $2,000

Minimum Bid: $675

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Joel Hoyer’s earliest memories come from his childhood in Hawaii. Since these early days, Joel has sculpted and painted images of volcanoes and mountain islands. In 1968, he began to incorporate water gilding into his traditional egg tempera paintings and sculptures, and from 1970 to 1997, most of his art work centered around these two mediums.  Since 1998, Joel has focused primarily on water and oil gilding.  He is currently abstracting and experimenting with this historic medium.

For Joel, the materials and ingredients he uses are just as important as the painting and preparatory process. The wood he uses is sized with rabbit skin glue and then covered in linen soaked in rabbit skin glue. He uses at least nine coats of gesso made from bolted whiting, water, and rabbit skin glue. Then he applies gold, silver or copper with a liquor of water and alcohol. When this has dried he burnishes the surface with a gilders agate. The egg tempera is then finally applied to the gilded surface.

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