Huffington Post Interview, August 10, 2015

LA Times Review, August 4, 2015

“Fay tries to capture the essence of his subject. The face is always shown in 3/4 view and adds colorful computer like patterns.”

Bonnie Fuller & Laura Maslon

Los Angeles Magazine

November 1986


“The work deals with satire and contradiction, colorful paint and simplified images.”

Joe Fay

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“The Young Talent Awards” show Catalog

August – September 1987


“The show is spirited and fun to look at. As art, it works in a cartoonish way.”

Suzanne Muchnic

Los Angeles Times

January 1988


“The irreducible unit linking Fay’s late 70’s abstractions, the 82 works, and these wall mounted dioramas is persistently interesting.”

Marlena Donohue

Los Angeles Times

January 1985


“Los Angeles’ Joe Fay convolutes abstraction into such elegant complexity as to make venetian end papers seem puritanical.”

William Wilson

Los Angeles Times

March 1979


“Fay’s art may dimly remind some viewers of an earlier Jean Du Buffet but it has a distinct character we may eventually be able to define as post modern.”

William Wilson

Los Angeles Times

February 1981


“My paintings have a primitive quality that makes them accessible to a variety of social strata. I’m against formalism that excludes the general public … I’m influenced by current events, walking down the street, reading comic books, driving my car…”

Joe Fay

Images & Issues

November 1983


“Intellectualizing painterly issues is not Fay’s forte or intention; rather, color, composition, and social commentary do the communicating.”

Bruce Davis

Art Issues

Nov – Dec 1991


“Iconic esthetic, Fay has provided evidence he may be one of the strongest representatives of this sensibility … Even before his most recent show, then, Fay had achieved a distinctiveness of vision and style that was quite remarkable for a young painter.”

Robert L. Pincus

Art in America

Summer 1982


“Fay strikes an effective balance between decorative form and meaningful icon.”

Robert L. Pincus

Los Angeles Times

September 1983


“Joe Fay’s acrylic on polyurethane reliefs and screens seem to have been composed as a direct challenge to every formalist critic who ever extolled the virtues of minimalism and conceptualism. Fay’s works are deliberately eccentric and anti-intellectual.”

Colin Gardner

Los Angeles Times

July 1986