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Hanbell Gallery

Abstracts 2020-2021

Artist: Laya Joseph

The paintings in this collection were all created while home bound during the pandemic. These paintings were a result of my reflections on how the pandemic has affected me and people around me, the concerns and fears resulting from it and hopes of a better future.

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Under This Sky I

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There's a Storm Coming

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Under This Sky II

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Gray Sky II

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Gray Sky I

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Tabula Rasa

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Seen and Unseen

About the 


Artist: Laya Joseph

Based in New York, USA

Instagram: @layajosephart

I am open to commissions and you can contact me by email at

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My name is Laya Joseph. I was born in Kerala, India currently residing in New York, US. My first experience, that I recall, as an artist, was when I participated as a second grade student in a citywide art competition in which I won the third prize. That year , my class teacher wrote in my school report card that I am a ‘budding artist’. Like a lot of Indians, art for me remained a hobby. I went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Botany, became a Biology teacher and spent a year in Zurich, Switzerland working on some research projects. It was only recently in 2018, I decided to become an artist professionally. In this short journey as an artist, I have participated in a few local art exhibitions including a group exhibition at the Morgan Stanley Corporate headquarter in Purchase, New York.


Being a self taught artist, over the years, I have continued to improve my skills and evolve by learning from my experience, trials and errors and observing other contemporary artists. As a botanist, I have experience with detailed drawings but I did not want my artistic work to be defined by details and structures. My work is mostly abstract and semi abstract where colors reflect the mood of the subject. My medium of choice is acrylic and occasionally mixed media.

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