Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pharrell is the happy owner of some "abstract topophilia" from local artist Ben Joyce

Posted By on Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM

About a month ago, we wrote about local artist Ben Joyce having one of his paintings snagged by hip-hop star The Game when the musician saw Joyce's work on the walls of a Los Angeles radio station Power 106 where his childhood buddy Vinrican works as a producer. 

Now it's happened again, except the star who fell for Joyce's unique style of painting-meets-sculpture is considerably brighter than The Game. That would be Pharrell Williams, he of the unavoidable hit "Happy" (among many tunes) and judge on The Voice

Here's a pic of Pharrell with the Joyce painting of Los Angeles that the funky songwriter fell in love with: 
click to enlarge Pharrell (left) with Joyce's buddy Vinrican.
Pharrell (left) with Joyce's buddy Vinrican.

Joyce says his buddy has several of his pieces dotting the Power 106 studios, and has sent along several photos of hip-hop royalty doing interviews and on-air appearances right in front of his work. He'll be posting some of those to his Facebook page down the line. You can read our cover story about Joyce here, and visit his website right here

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Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...