joey terrill

Chicano artist, Joey Terrill...

is a second-generation native Angeleno, who has been painting and making art for over 30 years. Born in 1955, his work combines influences ranging from his love of pop art to Mexican retablos and 20th century painters ranging from Romaine Brooks to Frida Kahlo as well as the energy, politics and creative synergy of Chicano and queer art circles in Los Angeles.

He attended Immaculate Heart College from 1973 to 1976 when conceptual art ruled and the feminist strategy of the personal being political was in full flower.

“The sources and images for most of my work have been autobiographical, whether painting, collage, silkscreen or drawing. Friends, family, lovers and self-portraits are the visual sources for the pictures I paint.”

Prints and Drawings

I’ve been drawing since the age of three and from the very start of this endeavor I tended to draw “pictures” of people I saw on TV or in magazines (albeit not very well). Drawing as an artistic exercise has evolved over the years veering into one direction or another with sometimes a focus on still-life arrangements while at other times human models. The last few years has my drawings combining elements from both methods…faces, body parts, and genitalia with pieces of fruit or vegetables or sometimes inanimate objects like bones, dishes or HIV medications. My drawings differ from my paintings in as much as they are observed studies from life, while the paintings I do are pictures taken from photographic sources.