HOLLIS, Jo

1967 - ?

Joanna Hollis, grew up in Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk. Jo studied Visual Art at Aberystwyth University and moved to Spain and whilst living in Madrid, as part of her degree, she took anatomy, life drawing and painting courses at Universidad de Bellas Artes and subsequently joined the studio of artist and restorer, Paco Pinuela and her painting style has clearly been impacted by her experiences and studies in Madrid. On completion of her B.A. joint honours degree in 1987, Jo returned to Spain and settled in Madrid where she continued working from Paco’s studio in Calle Atocha. She also taught English and later worked in the Madrid office of S. G. Warburg. In 1994 Jo returned to the UK where she worked in the Exhibitions Department of the Royal Academy of Arts for Sir Norman Wiesenthal (born 8 November 1944), continuing to attend life drawing classes at Camden Arts Centre. In 1996 Jo returned to Suffolk where she lives with her husband and two children. She works from her Suffolk studio at Honeywood House, Honey Tye, Leavenheath, predominately in oil, working from pastel, watercolour and pencil studies gathered in her sketchbook. Her work is both colourful and gestural with subject matter mostly focused on landscape and still life and influenced by painters such as Peter Lanyon (1918-1964), Roger Hilton (1911-1975) and Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) amongst others. Jo has been exhibiting for over 30 years including at the Mall Galleries in London, in Portugal and throughout East Anglia, and has had work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At her studio she also has a family-run framing business based in a studio adjacent to the family home. www.johollispictures.co.uk




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