Duesberry, Joellyn

Duesberry, Joellyn

1944 - 2016


Joellyn Duesberry (1944 - 2016) is nationally recognized for her dynamic landscape paintings. Her canvases are remarkable for their rich and intense use of color, and for her distinct interest in the geometry of the various cityscapes and landscapes she interprets. Many of Joellyn's paintings, though clearly contemporary, echo such great modernist masters as John Marin and Milton Avery. Her use of light, shadow, scale and texture culminates in paintings that are both visually and emotionally arresting.

Joellyn Duesberry divided her time between studios in Denver, Colorado and Millbrook, New York, and painted plein-air around the world for 40 plus years. She began exhibiting in New York City in 1979, and had ten New York solo exhibitions, with retrospectives at the Century Association  and Denver Art Museum in January 2006, titled “Joellyn Duesberry: Three Decades of Paint".

A pivotal point in Joellyn's career came in 1986 when she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant which enabled her to work with Richard Diebenkorn.  Diebenkorn encouraged Duesberry to try monotype print-making, and it was then she began to produce and exhibit her monotypes along side her plein-air paintings.

Joellyn Duesberry’s paintings are in numerous museum, public and private collections around the country.