Joy Laville, 1923-2018 was born in Ryde, UK. Her father was in the Indian Army and was often away. She had a quiet childhood, and was interested in drawing, but it wasn’t until she was 20 years old that she decided to become a painter.
In 1956, while living in Canada, having already been impressed by the work of Diego Rivera, she moved to Mexico. She attended the Instituto Allende for the next two years, establishing the style of painting that that brought her acclaim from critics and collectors. Leonora Carrington and Gunther Gerzso became her friends and admirers.
She met Mexican author Jorge Ibargüengoitia in 1965, and they lived together for twenty years until he was killed in a plane crash. They were living in Paris at the time, and Joy returned to Mexico and settled in Jiutepec, near Cuernavaca, where she lived until her death at the age of 94.
The aeroplane and the unknown place were frequent elements in her work.
Left to right, top to bottom
Annunciation II, 1982; In Egypt, 1975; Man Leaving on a Boat, 1984; Sleeping Woman and Plane, 1984; Woman and Paintings on a Wall, 2010
All painted in acrylic
PB, Meeting No 16, 01/05/2018