Joanna Jones

Joanna Jones’s practice over several decades has included painting and performance. Interested in the inter-connectedness of things, thoughts and encounters she has developed a performative process in painting that positions her body as an agency of a particular kind of knowing and takes painting into the territory of an event.

Following a foundation year at Northwich College of Art, she 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. She settled in Dover founding Dover Arts Development (DAD) with artist Clare Smith in 2006.

She is a recipient of several professional awards including a scholarship from  Kuenstlerhaus Balmoral in 2000 and an Arts Council Year of the Artist award for a work at Samphire Hoe, Kent in 2001. In 2006 the Pharos Foundation brought out a major publication on her practice ‘Joanna Jones’ including a conversation, inside out, with art historian Guy Brett where he says;  “I meant that the inner light of your work goes beyond the problem of form. It represents pure energy”.