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Jo Lawrence


Jo Lawrence - Artist statement
My paintings are inspired by nature, by the Norfolk and Suffolk coast and the countryside that surrounds me.
Semi-abstracted in form, I am not interested in the facts and details but aim to capture mood, feeling and the spirit of a place often reflecting the inner landscapes of the mind. I often paint without brushes and have chosen in all my recent works to paint with my hands and fingers feeling the paint on the canvas, layers often build becoming ambiguous and alive.
I find painting an intuitive process: a painting is never completed until I feel a sense that the work has developed a spirit of its own.I grew up in London, born in 1974 of Danish and Irish parents, and never really felt at home surrounded by city life. Summers were spent in the Danish countryside where my grandparents owned a farm by the sea. It is these memories, I believe, that brought me to Norfolk when my fist child was born 10 years ago. I studied at Middlesex University from 1992 until 1995 and later went on to work for the BBC, but my first love of painting returned with my move to the countryside.
Painting to me is a mysterious process. My work is inspired by an emotional and almost spiritual response to the world around me; the fall of light and the mood of a painting is central. I think that my work does have a sense of place, certainly they trigger my memories, yet they also evoke very personal interpretations and memories in the viewer. I hope to convey not only a sense of intensity but also an intimacy, accident and chance also bringing energy and life. I paint intuitively until a painting emerges with something akin to a spirit of its own – a process like a small birth, sometimes almost painful in its delivery and often surprising in
its outcome.
I have spent recent years working on my paintings and have works in private collections across East Anglia, London, Oxford and Edinburgh and internationally in Copenhagen
and Switzerland.