Born in Kells, Co Meath, he attended St. Martin's School of Art from 1956 to 1960 where he obtained his National Diploma in Drawing and Painting. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and is held in private collections in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia. Joyce was a constant theme of his work since 1990. His solo exhibitions included Dawson Gallery, Dublin (1966, 96, 70, 72, 75, 77); Retrospective 1953-1978, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (1979); Taylor Galleries, Dublin (1979, 81, 84, 86, 91, 96); Foire International d'Art, Atelier Champfleury, Stockholm (1981); Origrafica, Malmo (1981, 91); Galerie im Schlosspavillion, Munich (1984); Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney (1986, 90); CTT, Brussels (1987); Galerie Ouverte, Paris (1988); Galerie Vannoni, Lyon (1990); Galerie Bosquet, Paris (1995); and S.A.G.A. Cillaprint, Paris. Group shows included Irish Art 1941-73, ROSC, Cork (1980); Muswell Brooke, New South Wales (1985); Robin Gibson, Sydney; Galerie Vernière, Lyon (1986); Taylor Galleries, Dublin (1987); Images of Ireland, Brussels (1990); and Forum de l'Immoblier, Paris; and a two-person exhibition with John Lalor (1991). He won numerous awards during his career: Prix de Rome, Brittanique (1964); Carroll Prize (1964, 67, 69, 74); Macaulay Fellowship (1966); Laureat, Biennale des Jeunes, Paris (1967); Sculpture Prize, Irish Exhibition of Living Art (1968); Prix de la Ville de Liège (Belgium), Prix d'Europe Ostend (1976); Gold Medal, 3ème Biennale de Gravures, Florence (1972); Douglas Hyde Gold Medal (1976); German Scholarship, Villa Romana Florence (1977); and Mosman Prize and Camden Prize, Sydney (1985).
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