Joy Anson


Joy Anson was born in Derby, England in 1936, but has spent her adult life in British Columbia.

Anson was involved in art since she was four years old, drawing daily in her rhythmic way until she was a teenager. Joy then began to illustrate her own stories. Although Joy went in search of art education In the 1970’s, and found it at the Peter Aspell School of Art in Vancouver, she remains a primarily self-taught, intuitive artist with a mastery of medium and a unique expression of the imagination.

Peter Aspell said of her “Anson is stylistically independent and distinct. We always insist on putting artists into categories, so Joy Anson would fit into the primitive or naïve style. This type of painting ranges from realistic to very childlike. Anson’s work is unique in that she has an unfailing sense of the abstract with a strong, almost cubist, sense of form. Her colour has a wide range from subtle black greys and beautiful whites to strong and passionate brilliance of hue. Anson is stylistically independent and distinct. She offers a magical world but her art, though filled with charm and nostalgia has a true contemporary feeling and is always that of a fine abstract artist.”

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto
2007 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto
2007 Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria
2004 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto
2002 Wallace Galleries, Calgary
1998 Wallace Galleries, Calgary
1996 Wallace Galleries, Calgary
1995 Vigari Gallery, Vancouver
1992 A.C.E. Gallery, Vancouver
1990 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver 1990

Group Exhibitions

2013 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
1991 Doheny fine Arts, Vancouver


2009/2010 MagazineArt

Public and Corporate Collections

Joy Anson's work is in collections across Canada, in the U.S. and Singapore