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What "They" Say

What The Critics Say...
"Intellectualizing painterly issues is not Fay's forte or intention; rather, color, composition, and social commentary do the communicating." Bruce Davis
Art Issues
Nov - Dec 1991
"The show is spirited and fun to look at. As art, it works in a cartoonish way." Suzanne Muchnic
Los Angeles Times
January 1988
"The work deals with satire and contradiction, colorfull paint and simplified images." Joe Fay
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"The Young Talent Awards" show Catalog
August - September 1987
"Fay tries to capture the essense of his subject. The face is always shown in 3/4 view and adds colorful computer like patterns." Bonnie Fuller & Laura Maslon
Los Angeles Magazine
November 1986
"Joe Fay's acrylic on polyurethane reliefs and screens seem to have been composed as a direct challenge to every formalist critic who ever extolled the virtues of minimalism and conceptualism. Fay's works are deliberately eccentric and anti-intellectual." Colin Gardner
Los Angeles Times
July 1986
"The irreducible unit linking Fay's late 70's abstractions, the 82 works, and these wall mounted dioramas is persistently interesting." Marlena Donohue
Los Angeles Times
January 1985
"My paintings have a primitive quality that makes them accessible to a variety of social strata. Im against formalism that excludes the general public ... Im influenced by current events, walking down the street, reading comic books, driving my car..." Joe Fay
Images & Issues
November 1983
"Fay strikes an effective balance between decorative form and meaningful icon." Robert L. Pincus
Los Angeles Times
September 1983
"Iconic esthetic, Fay has provided evidence he may be one of the strongest representatives of this senisbility ... Even before his most recent show, then, Fay had achieved a distinctiveness of vision and style that was quite remarkable for a young painter." Robert L. Pincus
Art in America
Summer 1982
"Fay's art may dimly remind some viewers of an earlier Jean Du Buffet but it has a distinct character we may eventually be able to define as post modern." William Wilson
Los Angeles Times
February 1981
"Los Angeles' Joe Fay convolutes abstraction into such elegant complexity as to make Venetian end papers seem puritanical." William Wilson
Los Angeles Times
March 1979