‘I work intuitively and experimentally – using additions to paint such as collage, tissue, sand, silver and gold pigment - anything to enrich the surface as if I were trying to sculpt the image out of the canvas as well as paint it. The small sketches were done in situ – working quickly with whatever materials were nearest to hand. The larger pieces done in the studio tend more towards abstraction, as I utilize my memory and imagination of the place. Here the work can almost reveal itself, like a slowly remembered dream, as I over-paint, revise, change, take a leap into the unknown – in an attempt to capture that spark of inspiration and intangible essence of a moment.’
Born in 1962, Joanne Last originally trained as a classical pianist before undertaking a foundation course at Putney School of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited across the UK and abroad and has been selected for major exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Pastel Society and The Society of Women Artists.
Her work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Some notable commissions include Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados; Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge and numerous private yachts. Joanne currently lives and works in Surrey.