This is Joynes' first exhibition with 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel New York and presents an important new phase in his depiction of imagined sites, heavenly bodies and floating archeo-cognitive elements. In his paintings Les Joynes fuses artifacts of memory he collects from imagined topographies. His current ring paintings are baroque and rococo gateways inspired by Alain Resnais’ 1961 film Last Year in Marienbad. For him the circular motifs were “structures that floated to the surface in my memory like life preservers floating in after a storm at sea”. Joynes work has exhibited at Amotgard, Forde, Norway; Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York; Sandra Bürgel Gallery, Berlin; Nylon, London; New General Catalog, New York; Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo; Espace 21/ Norimatsu Museum, Japan and The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
He is recipient of the Nordic Artist Center Fellowship in Norway; Kolleg Artist Fellow, Bauhaus Foundation Dessau Germany; Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellowship and was Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture (MEXT) Scholar Japan 1997-2001.
Joynes is a graduate of the MA Fine Art Program at Goldsmiths College, London; and possesses a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London; M.A. Sculpture from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. He was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York (2008-2010) where he has been researching contemporary art, memory and artifact.