Mining on Astroids, NO. 8218

Egg-Tempera, Gold Leaf Pastiglia, on Gessoed Panel

16” x 20”

Retail Value: $2,000

Price: $700

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In 1968 Joel Hoyer began to incorporate water gilding in his egg tempera paintings and sculptures. From 1970 to 1997 most of his artworks centered around these two mediums. Since 1998, he has been focusing primarily with the gilded surface, both water, and oil gilding. He is currently experimenting with abstracting this classic and historic medium.

Joel is a long-time resident of San Francisco but spent many years all over the United States working in many different gilding studios. As a master gilder, he has created frames for such museums as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, just to name a few. While Joel is an absolute master at producing frames created in the traditional manner, it is the craftsmanship which he learned from his many years of working in gilding studios, that he uses as a starting point for his fine art pieces.

Joel displays his mastery of the materials and techniques used in all styles of gilding in order to create his three-dimensional landscapes and tempera paintings. Joel takes a scientific approach to study the qualities of his media. No process, material or dimensionality is left unexplored and is employed in a highly effective manner. In every series of works, Joel sets up a constant formula and through the exploration of the shifting variables, he finely hones in on creating works that are endowed with multiple allegorical storylines.


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