Joellyn T Duesberry (American, 1944 -2016)

Nationally recognized for her dynamic landscape paintings Duesberry’s canvases are remarkable with rich and intense use of color and for their distinct balance of geometric surface and depth of various cityscapes and landscapes around the world. Many of Duesberry’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.

The Duesberry studio is located in Denver, Colorado and she 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.” Her work has shown widely and is represented in public and private collections around the country.

A pivotal point in Duesberry’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 her to try monotype print-making, and actively produced and exhibited her monotypes along side her plein-air paintings. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts organized “The Covenant of Seasons” which traveled nationally for ten years.

In 2005, a PBS documentary was made of Joellyn Duesberry’s life, work, and creative process titled “Joellyn Duesberry: Dialogue with the Artist”.


Excerpt:  Joellyn Duesberry: Dialogue with the Artist, Producer / director: Amie C. Knox. Courtesy of A bar K Productions 303.370.1267| ABARKproductions@aol.com © 2004, A Bar K Productions, Inc