"An extraordinary precocity allowed Joyce Treiman to take adult level art classes at the age of 8. She continued her art studies at the Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and completed formal training at the University of Iowa in 1941. She loved Renaissance and Robust traditions and techniques, with an accent upon realism and perspective. To those elements she added her personal imagery and lush landscapes in stage-like settings.
In 1960 Treiman moved to Los Angeles, where she felt the influences of California light and color. Trips to Europe and the Near East during the 1950s and '60s intensified her interest in the old master paintings, particularly self portraiture. In 1974, she began a series of works which she titled, 'The Artist Series', in which she paid homage to Turner, Monet, Bonnard, Sargent....and herself. Including her self portrait in each work, she commented on the history of art, culture and technology.
Treiman's strength lies in her incredibly fine 'hand' and the ability to move freely in and out of her own established boundaries. She projects a confidence, a wit and a strong sense of self into her art - paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints."
Oil on canvas 1979
35 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches (91.1 x 60.6cm)