I was born in London, the daughter of a professional artist and therefore with powerful early memories of watching him work. I did a degree in Graphic Design specialising in Illustration at Bristol University, and since then have worked across a broad range of Art disciplines, but increasingly with a Fine Art focus. My early work combined illustration
(especially for advertising), and surface pattern design, including designing a range of silk products for a Swiss company. Arts Education is something I care deeply about; I was the Art Consultant for North Yorkshire County Council for over 10 years, and I have also worked as a freelance consultant working with heritage bodies and sites, schools, colleges and universities.
I work one-to-one with both adult and student clients to develop their work and portfolios, often for university application, and I’m a very experienced workshop leader.
After many years of supporting other people with their art learning and development, my focus now is on allowing myself the time and space fully to develop my own creative practice.
My work is in private and corporate collections in the UK and in Switzerland.
My work combines observation and memory, and is a personal response to experiences, landscapes, artefacts and history; it explores contrasts in texture and light, and evokes rather than depicts places and things that intrigue me…
I’m strongly influenced by the landscapes of North Yorkshire; especially by favourite places and walks, and by places I visit on my travels, particularly mountainous areas of Scotland, France, Switzerland and Italy.
My working process begins with making notes and sketches, producing colour samples and taking a great many photographs, all of which come together back in the studio. I’m fascinated by mark-making and enjoy the process of developing complex layers and picture surfaces, using a range of art media and techniques. Acrylics are central to my practice as I love their flexibility and immediacy, but I also work in oils, mixed media, textiles and print.
Jo York 2018
Glenshee I: Autumn£2,495.00
Brimham Rocks Abstracted Forms II: Tree£995.00
Landscape Fragments IV£995.00
View from Brimham£695.00
Mountains: Blue Pool II£695.00
Mountains: Blue Pool I£695.00
Brimham Rocks: Outliers£695.00
Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire£2,495.00
Brimham Rocks abstracted Forms 1 : Pools£995.00