Artist Terrence Joyce – Seven Last Words

Artist Terrence Joyce
Seven Last Words – studyArtist Terrence Joyce Seven Last Words - Study

Collaboration with Composer
Michael John Trotta

This past Spring, I while on tour in South Florida, I met an artist after a concert with whom I found an instant connection particularly on the topic of creativity and spirituality. He had heard some of my music on religious themes, Behold How Good, I Shall See, Till All of Us Be Free, among others. We agreed to meet at his studio later that week so I could see his work and discuss the possibility of collaboration.

Joyce had noted that I was in the midst of completing sketches for completing sketches for a new major major for chorus and orchestra Seven Last Words so he shared some of his work that he had done on artwork completed on religious themes. There was an air of mutual respect which led to a dialogue regarding the Seven Last Words as a topic which explored the many facets of Christ and the possibility for a visual artistic exploration to accompany this new musical work.

I shared some of my musical sketches for the work which is now completed and set for premieres by the four commissioning churches culminating in a premiere at Carnegie Hall  on Memorial Day Weekend in the Spring of 2017.

Joyce responded to those musical sketches by creating a study of the work that is included on this page. Plans are underway to explore to the possibility of including the artwork in live musical performance through projected image, the possibility of expanding the work to a larger medium, even the possibility an expanded work being at the live performances in the coming year. Plans are also in the works for a sacred ballet based on a suite of music from the larger work.

You can hear a music preview of the Seven Last Words here.

You can learn more about the artwork of Terrence Joyce here, or at the bottom of this page.


Joyce working on the study in his studio.

Artist Terrence Joyce

Joyce standing next to the completed study.

Study Artist Terry Joyce Scale for Trotta Seven Last Words

 Seven Last Words – (Detail)

1. Father, Forgive Them

1. Father Forgive Them - Study by Artist Terry Joyce - Trotta Seven Last Words

2. Today, You Will Be With Me

2. Today You Will Be With Me - Study by Artist Terry Joyce - Trotta Seven Last Words

3. Behold Your Son

3. Behold Your Son - Study by Artist Terry Joyce - Trotta Seven Last Words

4. I Thirst

4. I Thist - Study by Artist Terry Joyce - Trotta Seven Last Words

5. My God Why?

5. My God Why - Study by Artist Terry Joyce - Trotta Seven Last Words

6. Into Your Hands

6. Into Your Hands - Study by Artist Terry Joyce - Trotta Seven Last Words

7. It is Finished

7. It Is Finished Study Artist Terry Joyce - Trotta Seven Last Words

More Religious Scenes by Artist Terrence Joyce –

Christ Cleansing the Temple

Artist Terrence Joyce


Artist Terrence Joyce

My Kingdom is Not of this World

Artist Terrence Joyce



About Artist Terrence Joyce

“ Terrence Joyce paints a wide variety of familiar subjects, all of them infused with his own vision . Whether pondering his landscapes, portraits, fantasy, still lifes, marinescapes or nudes, one soon becomes aware of an underlying spiritual yearning.

Since matters of the spirit are essentially non-verbal what better language to explore such aspirations than colorful paintings in which the joy of being alive is strongly communicated?

The workings of the spirit in Joyce’s paintings can be moody, playful, sensual, visionary, transcendent or a subtle aspect of realism. Whatever the artist is seeking in any given work, there is always a journey beyond earthbound ego into an experience of higher self. The viewer is inspired to join in the artist’s search for meaning beyond the obvious.”

The juxtaposition of figure andlocation pose questions specific to current scientific and anthropoligical studies such as who would man be if environmental progression or DNA were slightly altered. Terrence often chooses the mythical centaur, half man, and half animal, as symbolic of a previous stage of our evolution while the mystical angel symbolizes the next. Joyce’s paintings seek the definition of the soul and self determination when surroundings are so powerful a force.

Apprenticed to Italian monks in the early 1960s, Terrence Joyce learned the time-honored tradition of applying frescoes. He helped to decorate the chapels, halls and library of the seminary where he studied. There the New York City-born artist found a life-long love of murals and wall designs. Later, extended training with classical artists led Terrence to expand his art into portrait and landscape painting. He painted and exhibited his work within the emerging arts community of New York City’s SoHo and Greenwich Village in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Interested in learning more about Terrence Joyce’s Seven Last Words and being part of this collaboration?

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