Joanna Brendon

About Joanna Brendon MA

“With a landscape subject matter that is often intensely familiar to her, Joanna Brendon’s bold, abstracting way of working creates paintings rich in dramatic feeling and entirely mysterious in character” Nicholas Usherwood, curator

“…a triumph of holistic connection with the natural world.” Howard Hull, Brantwood, home of John Ruskin 

Joanna Brendon made a full-time commitment to painting following a career in arts administration (she was the first director of  the concert hall, St John’s Smith Square). As well as concerts and festivals, she has curated many art exhibitions.  In 2005, she gained an MA at Brighton.

A body of work on the theme of perception is represented at the V&A, and has been shown at the Saatchi Gallery.  The entire series of prints is now on permanent display at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

“Following the conceptual project, I returned to painting, immersing myself more deeply into landscape, responding to the experience of being there, so that the works are about a place rather than of it. Sometimes I work en plain air, often in charcoal, enjoying the immediacy that this offers, but more often I will work from sketches in my studio. With this distance, I can work in layers, building up a history over days, weeks, sometime months. The landscape is still hinted at, but horizons are shifted and the picture plane is tilted so that there is a degree of ambiguity.  One might question whether one is looking at a vast landscape or a tiny rock pool. I always work in series, allowing one piece to inform another which in turn redirects me to the first. They can stand alone, but they can also work well together, echoing the chord clusters of colour in each other”. JB

Do you use magic in your pictures?” a 3yr old at SJE Arts, Oxford

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To see other work by professional artists who live in the Chiswick area please go to The Chiswick Calendar’s directory of local artists.