1917 - 2015
Joyce Meier studied at the National Gallery School regularly painting with fellow students Graeme King, Ian Armstrong, Laurie Phillips and later Fred Williams. She won a number of awards including 1st prize Drawing from Life, Best Picture Full or ¾ Nude and Best Genre Painting from Contemporary Life. After the War, Joyce returned to the National Gallery School and studied under Alan Sumner who became her mentor and life-long friend.
"Full of colour and joy, Meier favoured scenes of children and women early in her career, later turning her hand to wildlife portraits, lithographs, stained glass, wood carving and even enamel jewellery-making . She drew inspiration from her years in Palestine during the war, for which she interrupted her studies at the National Gallery School in Melbourne ... introducing rugged landscapes and groups of women, some of them veiled, into her painted work." extract Canvases testament to a life's work, Dewi Cooke, The Age, 2013