Connecting people to place has taken Spokane artist Ben Joyce to far-flung destinations, through his artwork now collected by major corporations and entertainment stars.
The 38-year-old Gonzaga University graduate operates Ben Joyce Studios near Napa Street and North Foothills Drive. He creates large, colorful landscapes with an aerial perspective, and Joyce has trademarked a description of the unusual style as Abstract Topophilia, the latter term deriving from Greek words for love of place.
With collectors from Coeur d’Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone to singer Pharrell Williams, Joyce also recently completed a commissioned 75-foot piece representing Spokane to Coeur d’Alene that hangs in the new Spokane Convention Center addition.
“I think people for the most part really enjoy certain aspects to places they live, or traveled to; that connection is as much the physical as it is the emotional,” says Joyce, who graduated with a fine arts degree from Gonzaga in 2001.
“I was always