Paintings by Eric Joyner
Paintings of robots and doughnuts. Joyner began painting robots in 2000 and as for the doughnut idea, he explains:
In an attempt to bring the vintage tin robots to life without losing their charm, I showed them where they belonged: outer space. Eventually I felt the toys needed something to play off of—perhaps a nemesis. After a month or so of searching for a ‘nemesis’, I had an epiphany while watching the movie Pleasantville. In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life—of donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries close at hand, it wasn’t difficult to see the battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when I went to bed that night. The rest, as they say, is history.