Joy enrolled in art school in London in 1975. His earliest works — oil paintings on canvas, some with three-dimensional projections — reflected his desire to escape from the mundane by continued travel. Later, inspired by American Abstract Expressionists such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, Joy sought to break away from the formal aspects of contemporary British painting. Realizing the inherent limitations of abstraction. He is committed to the idea of spiritual abstraction and the development of painting and its history from the 15th century to today.
Joy’s technique and his choice of media have evolved over the years, he uses rich, saturated colours, squares of gold and silver leaf, and wax. His paintings also reflect a vivid sense of geometry and proportion. Several are punctuated with words as part of the composition. The totality reflects Joy’s fascination with exotic cultures, religions, and the great religious works of the history of art, in particular Orthodox icon painting and western European medieval works. Other artistic influences include the art of Duccio, Giotto, Velasquez, and Matisse.