Wilfried Joye was born in the little village of Dadizele, Flanders, Belgium on the 4th of july 1939.

From an early age he displayed a clear ability for drawing and painting. As a young boy his interests in the arts let him to copy the paintings of the flamish artist, Adriaan Brouwer (1605 Oudenaerde - 1638), who is famous for his paintings of rural life.

While doing his secondary studies he was privileged to receive art lessons from two talented artits; Boniver (landscape painter) and Geukens (painter) who tought history of art.
After completing his secondary studies, he studied philosophy and theology for six years. He was ordained a priest in 1964 in the order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
During these years he was involved in illustrating the campus magazine with linocuttings, which was printed three times a year and sent all over the world to the Flemish members of his congregation.
Here again he lived in close contact with some gifted artists: Walter Debock (ceramics,,oils,sculpture)and Willem Vermandere (sculptor and well known Flemish folksinger). He has been working as a missionary in Potchefstroom since 1966.

Wilfried Joye
Wilfried Joye

In 1992 he followed a course in iconpainting under the well-known iconpainter Egon Sendler and his team at Meudon, Paris, France. He has often been exhibited in South Afica and Belgium, his paintings often portray rural life and the human situation.

His work is vibrant and appealing.

The paintings of Joye are often religious and he presents to the world a journey of deep faith. The sacredness of life and the joy of hope. In some of these paintings he uses the fish as his symbol. For him the fish reminds us of how we should live... with open eyes (the fish never closes it's eyes) the mouth of the fish is also always readily open to absorb the food, this symbolizes the open attitude we should have to enrich ourselves with the abundance of life that the Father offers us.

His style is strongly influenced by Flemish expressionism: (Servaes, Permeke, De Smet, Brusselmans) and his longstanding friend, father Claerhout. His first works were done in oil pastels on paper but since the 1980’s, he has worked chiefly in oils, occasionally he produces lively charcoal drawings. His first solo exhibition was held in 1968 at the church hall in Klerksdorp. He also exhibited with his longstanding friend father Claerhout.

"His work reveals the maturity of an excellent artist, his familiarity with his theme and the way he uses impasto, complementing textures and a great feeling of expressive use of lines and planes are ideally suited to the purpose of bringing across the great and simple message,-his love for humanity.” - John Botha P.U for C.H.E

Wilfried Joye also took part in several group exhibitions.

Art Exhibitions

Over the last few years he exhibited in Belgium with religious themes being the main object of his work. Most of his works have been purchased by institutions and are permanently exhibited.

Art Gallery
Wilfried Joye
Wilfried Joye

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