As the rebel-art of late 20th century, Graffiti painted the town red and reclaimed the public space for a young generation. Even more, the emerging StreetArt uses public spaces for open cultural processes and reflects a new transformative mindset and interconnected lifestyle.
Joy experienced and participated in the development of this versatile art form the last 30 years. He started with a series of hundred sprayed „Clockmen“ in his hometown Hildesheim, then painted Graffiti on walls, canvas and objects before specializing on stencilling.
In 2005, he published the german Graffiti practise book and went on, developing new Graffiti techniques and applications. TagStyleZ for example are stencilled textiles, Graffiti on used material or clothes, graded up through the artistic process and new context.
The many-sided StreetArtist explores the borders between urban art and societal phenomena like flashmobs or guerilla marketing. Occasionally, he works under aliases, when testing new cultural applications.
For his atmospheric interior designs and public large-scale murals, he uses a mixing technique with graffiti and classical paintings. Frequently, he includes Graffiti techniques for his upcycling designs and objects.
Download the catalogue about Joy´s Graffiti and StreetArt from 2011 (10,4 MB)
The main series of Joys Graffiti and StreetArt include:
Clockmen 1984 / Heroes 2004 / WM-Art 2006 / World-Trade-Towels 2006/07/11/12 / horse-race 2008 / h96art 2011 / TagstyleZ 2010-13 / urban repair interventions 2019 / stickers-for future 2020