Joyner’s artwork employs imagery, symbolism, icons, and motifs that he has carefully blended into what he defines as “mixed media serigraphs.” He describes the artwork that he creates as “holistic” and associates himself with the compositions philosophically through his in-depth research. His compositions reflect his commitment to his African-American heritage. Each work illustrates a story about the lifestyles of the people and events he has chosen to represent.
At first glance, Joyner’s works attract the viewer because of their intricate and complex designs. But after careful examination of his compositions, one discovers the artist’s unique methods of communicating through a variety of media all of which have become very comfortable for him. Collage, hand painting, photography and screen-printing are various techniques he uses to create art. Mixed media compositions of color, patterns, and images are the vehicle by which Joyner creates an African aesthetic in his work. Design elements abstracted from African symbols, sculpture, architecture, ceramics and textiles are the sources from which his ideas evolve. Continue reading from The Triangle Cultural Art Gallery
His work's relevance aligns with national efforts to rectify erasures of history and Connecticut’s leadership in requiring all high schools in the state to offer courses on African American, Black, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies, per Public Act 19-12; this curriculum stands in marked contrast to a growing list of states placing limiting regulations on classroom instruction of American history. Continue reading from Stepping Out on Faith: The Art & Journey of Charles Joyner