We are always thrilled when a new artist joins our cooperative at Chalk Gallery, and having offered local artist Jo Myles a place on our team, we eagerly await her work appearing on the gallery walls and window from 6th September onwards. Flux, change, and new work are what keep a small gallery vibrant, and keep visitors coming back time after time to enjoy something fresh. Jo's work is certainly that, and she also has a wealth of experience and a fascinating career path which you can read about here.
Originally from Lewes, Jo went to art college in Brighton and from there specialised in a degree in printed textiles from Ravensbourne University in the late 1990’s. After graduating she enjoyed a rich and varied career in the arts working for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Laura Ashley & Duffer of St George. After this she went on to form her own award-winning design led company 3 Blonde Bears Ltd.
Jo has since returned to her fine art practice and is very happy to be a full-time artist, exhibiting regularly, and fully immersed in her work and the beauty of living in Sussex.
The subject matter in Jo's work can vary but all of her work returns to and explores a common theme of human relationships. She draws inspiration from the objects we gather and keep in our homes, and the landscapes we live in. She explores these through a variety of mediums, more recently leaning towards mixed media paintings on canvas as well as lino prints on paper. She is also often commissioned to depict landmark buildings and landscapes and was recently featured as part of the 2021 Sky Arts programme, Landscape Artist of The Year with her depiction of Newhaven harbour.
In her own words Jo explains that "I have a lifetime love of colour and print in abundance, I refer to my work as maximalist; it’s full of life, colour and joy." We can see that clearly as the colours explode from the canvas in broad expressive strokes. Jo's work is clearly going to fill Chalk Gallery with colour and joy, as well as inspire and delight our visitors.
Come and see for yourself from Thursday 9th September onwards. Jo's work will also shortly be available in our online shop.