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

Solo Exhibitions:
Waregem (Belgium) "Raveelzaal,O.L. Vrouwhemelvaart instituut. 1996
Ter Duinen,Nieu wpoort (Belgium): 1994
Sijsele(Brugge)Azalma hospital (2000.)
Lissewege (Bruges) Belgium: O.L.vrouwbezoekingskerk: The Psalms 2003-2004

Potchefstroom (S.A) University PU vir CHO.
Potchestroom (S.A) Municipal gallery: 1995
Welkom (S.A) "Golden Orange hotel" 1974
Johannesburg (S.A) Elisabeth art gallery: 1974
Dadizele: (Belgium) "In Torreke" 1990
Kortrijk: (Belgium) "Kontinenten"
Klerksdorp (S.A) townhall. 1973.

Group Exhibitions
Klerksdorp (S.A.) municipal gallery 1994
Klerksdorp(S.A) Parishhall: 1972
Klerskdorp (S.A) "Rabbuni centre": 1993
Potchefstroom (S.A) St. Michael's
Potchefstroom (S.A) PU vir CHO 1980
Johannesburg (S.A.) "Rand Afrikaans university: 1980
Stellenbosh (S.A) "Smac" artgallery" 2007
Leuven (Belgium) "Church of John the Baptist",Groot begynhof.1980
Antwerp (Belgium) "'t Andrieskapelleke" 2006
Boechout (Belgium) "Wereldmissiehulp"1996
Rustenburg (S.A) "Hedgehog's nest"2001
Potchefstroom (S.A) "Jaarsma Gallery"
Potchefstroom (S.A) "Aardklop"

Buildings in Blegium where works of W. Joye are exhibited permanently:

Sysele Belgium: Azalma Clinic: 2 works
Eeklo Azalma hospital: 6 paintings
Oostende Damiaan hospital: 7 paintings: psalm 148
Aalst: CM. building
Kortrijk: Kontinenten
Kapellen: Parish Hall
Dadizele: Rosarium.

Another Belgian painting priest!

ANOTHER painting priest – this time Father Wilfred Joye.

His exhibition in the new Elizabeth Gallery in Aintree Avenue, Savoy, was opened by that rather better known painting priest, Father Claerhout, who also comes from Belgium.

This is Father Joye’s third one-man show, and his first two, held in Klerksdorp, were “sell-outs.”

I am now sorry that I was unable to see them. His rather slight work has a distinctly Flemish background to which he seems to have added something of a Ben Macala interpretation. His line is simple, true and honest and knowledge of sound draughtsmanship is revealed in such items as the hands of the woman in No. 20, or the picture of a mother and child, No. 4.

Incidentally the latter is charmingly maternal just as there is elsewhere a delightfully humourous touch in the picture of a man fondling a pig.

There are several very simple landscapes which strike an almost alluringly haunting note.
The exhibition is most attractively and decoratively unpretentious.


The parish priest of St Michael’s in Potchefstroom, Fr Wilfried Joye (left) is not only a cleric, but also a internationally well-known artist.

Throughout May, artworks by Fr Joye, such as the above of the coronation of the Blessed Virgin, formed part of an exhibition on the rosary in Belgium.

Fr Joye’s works, most of which are religiously themed, are regularly exhibited in South Africa. Fr Joye is not South Africa’s only priest acclaimed internationally for his art-he shares this honour with Fr Frans Claerhout of Tweespruit, near Bloemfontein.

Both priests are Belgiun-born and are Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Priest will show his paintings in WELKOM

AN ART EXHIBITION by a Belgian painting priest, Father Wilfried Joye, will be presented at the Golden Orange Hotel in Welkom next week.

This is Father Joyes third exhibition. The previous two in Johannesburg and Klerksdorp, were a “tremendous success” and he received favourable “crits”; sales were good.

The exhibition will be opened on June 17 in the upstairs lounge of the hotel at 7 pm and will continue until June 19 at 5 pm. Father Joye was born in 1939 in a small village, Ldadizelle, in West Flanders. He was always fond of drawing and painting as a child and he studied under several prominent professors of art in the seminary.

He was ordained a priest in 1964 and was sent to South Africa the following year. He was the first parish priest in Klerksdorp and has for several years been running the Calvary Mission in Potchefstroom.

Now, with two other priests, he runs a school for 800 African children. With little free time, most of his painting is done at night.
Father Frans Claerhout, also from Belgium and a well-known South African artist, opened Father Joye’s first one-man event two years ago.

At the event he said that because Father Joye Captured the life around him, it could make a great painter of him.

Father Joye’s second show, opened by the Johannesburg artist, Laurence Scully, was sold out in two days.

His last exhibition in Johannesburg was described as “an exhibition of gentle, delightful vignettes and tells of an artist who would be exceptional if he had more time to exploit his deep talent beyond slightly drawn and tinted studies of humble, but happy African people.

Applause for artist

AN EXHIBITION by a select group of WTvl artists was well received by members of the public.

Enid Strydom was surprised at the outcome of the exhibition. According to her an academic exhibition of this nature does not always work, but here it did exceptionally well. Marriana Booyens said that Klerksdorp surprised her with their enthusiasm.

In Father Joye’s own words: “It was an exciting experience to discover all the different points of view.”

Enid is a woman who loves the romantic, poetic and lyrical side of art. She claims that now, after many years, she feels a strong knack for the metaphysical face of art.

She feels that every sketch or painting should speak to the mind and soul and be understood.
Marriana is a young artist with whom youngsters can identify. Marriana told Enid that she was the deciding factor in her decision to take up art as a discipline. She is a woman who wanted to study interior decorating, but ended up with a paintbox and palette.

Father Joye is a loving character on his own. His energetic ways and bright personality is contagious. He has a special devotion with which he attends to his work.

These three artists are very talented but still humble. They treat their talent as a treasured gift and complement one another frequently.
The variety of messages which they address are stimulating and refreshing. They treat each other, their art and admirers with great respect.
The threesome feel proud to have a painting each taken up in the permanent art wealth of the Klerksdorp City Council. “Homage to Klerksdorp” by Enid Strydom, “Die verantwoordelikheid” by Marriana Booyens and Father Joye’s “Good Friday” were obtained.

The threesome feel proud to have a painting each taken up in the permanent art wealth of the Klerksdorp City Council. “Homage to Klerksdorp” by Enid Strydom, “Die verantwoordelikheid” by Marriana Booyens and Father Joye’s “Good Friday” were obtained.


On the photo from left to right: Don\Bohe (parish priest), Frans Claerhout, Wilfried Joye

Zowel in de constructieve, expressieve stijl, als in zijn sterke voeling met de thematiek kunnen we een reminiscentie aan onze eigen Permeke zien. Wilfried Joye veriet in de jaren zestig.zijn eigen Vlaamse boerenbuiten, met werkensen, boeren en vlasarbeiders en vond een nieuw, maar al even primitief leven in Zuid-Afrika, dat sindsdien weinig geevolueerd lijkt, aldus getuigen zijn werken.

First exhibition: church hall: Klerksdorp: 1971
Opening by Fr. Frans Clearhout

Het werk van pater Wilfried Joye kan betiteld worden als expressionistisch in de zin dat gestreefd wordt naar sYnthese en verdieping. Zijn tekeningen en schilderijen zijn belijdenissen met een christelijke inspiratiebron. In wezen zoekt pater Joye voeling met het leven en de mens zelf.

Werkzaam in de missies van Zuid-Afrika, wordt hij in de mogelijkheid gesteld om talrijke studies te maken van vooral zwarten en kleurlingen. W. Joye bereikt in,zijn werken een gebalde weergave van volkse typen. Het zijn syTIthetische weergaven van zijn directe omgeving, waarbij hij duidelijk betrokken is.

In grote eenvoud krijgen we een illustratie van een kosmische visie op mens en dingen. 't Is het leven zelf, gemaakt tussen de mensen!

Zo vertelt hij dat dagelijks, mannen, vrouwen en kinderen in de parochie rond hem komen zitten en dat dit het uitgangspunt is voor zijn oeuvre. Levende modellen poseren en soms worden foto's gebruikt ter aanvulling. Dagelijks wordt hieraan een kwartiertje a half uurtje gespendeerd, meer zal het niet zijn, en dit tussen de vele andere dagdagelijkse bezigheden in.

Als tekenaar beheerst Joye een zeer directe en virtuoze stijl. Monumentale figuren vullen het volledige beeldvlak: In een massieve, ietwat robuuste vonngeving legt hij de nadruk op het hoofd, handen en voeten. De kracht van de figuren wordt geac¬centueerd door het contrast in de kleuren: zware donkere lijnvoering t.o.v. vlakmatig aangebrachte verfstrepen in felle kleuren. Deze krachtige kleuraccenten onderstrepen de directheid van de figuratie.

De ruimte rond mannen, vrouwen en kinderen wordt opgevuld met gebroken en over elkaar geschoven vlakken, soms een sobere hut of een eenvoudig boerenlandschap voorstellend.

Van ademruimte is geen sprake meer. Figuren en omgeving zijn een.

Door Mieke Debaere
lic. kunstgeschiedenis en oudheidkunde
juni 1996
n.a.l. van tentoonstelling te Waregem

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