Joanna Jones

JOANNA JONES lives and works in Dover where she co-founded Dover Arts Development with Clare Smith in 2006.

Joanna Jones’s practice over several decades has straddled painting and performance. Interested in the inter-connectedness of things, thoughts and encounters she has developed a performative process that positions her body as an agency of a particular kind of knowing, taking her painting practice into the territory of an event – a constellation of elements that make something happen: the consistency of the paint, my choice of colour, what concerns my mind, what vibrates through my body, what rings in my ears.

It is said that we are not defined by the margins of our body but by the vastness of our soul.

Following a foundation year at Northwich College of Art, Jones continued her studies in London at the Byam Shaw School. Jones received her NDD in painting from Goldsmith’s College, and in 1969 won first prize in the Greater London Councils painting competition before graduating from the Royal Academy Schools in 1970. She was co-founder of the London studio collective, The Works. In 1978 she moved to Germany, where she established her practice exhibiting her paintings nationally and internationally, returning to the UK in 1997.

Collaboration with other artists is an important part of her practice, she has at residency space in her home for visiting artists and the DAD urban room that hosts events and conversations that have Dover at their heart.

She is represented by Galerie Gilla Loecher in Berlin.