Influenced by Japanese aesthetics, Joy Brown creates child-like, anthropomorphous figurative sculptures in clay and bronze. The figures vary in pose… at times standing, sitting, or in a relaxed repose and their rounded and simplified faces depict a small straight nose with oval cut outs for the eyes and mouth. Despite the absence of embellishment, the facial features of her characters are quite expressive. States Brown "it's like capturing little spirits, and each one is different.” Although the figures physiques appear rudimentary in their appearance, consisting of a torso with arms, hands, and legs with oversized feet, the simplicity of the forms and the earth-toned patina, created through traditional Japanese methods, evoke a feeling of stillness and peace.
Born in the United States, Joy Brown was reared in Japan. After returning to the United States to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eckerd College in Florida, Ms. Brown moved back to Japan and studied as an apprentice for four years with the family of Ichino Toshio, a 13th generation potter in Tamba. In 1998, she co-founded Still Mountain Center, a nonprofit arts organization that fosters East-West artistic exchange. Since 2009, the artist has been building a series of monumental bronze works in collaboration with Purple Roof Gallery and Atelier in Shanghai, China. Currently living in CT, in 2003, Joy received the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award. Ms. Brown has exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia and her figures and three-dimensional wall installations are represented in prominent private and public collections, including parks, sculpture gardens, and urban public spaces around the world.