Joanna Kirk’s pastel paintings relate her experience of motherhood in which beauty is marked out against everyday reality to provide a new perspective on her work and life. Using her fingers to blend colours and build surface, much of Kirk’s inspiration is drawn from the Impressionist painters Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt for whom domesticity was their given sphere, as well as later artists such as Louise Bourgeois for her ongoing revision of childhood experience.
Kirk's new work takes this theme to a more extreme level. The children are now immersed in the landscape more than ever before, 'lost' or 'devoured' by the chaos and scrupulousness of nature. These much larger pieces challenge the eye with their deliberately detailed surfaces.
May 21, 2016I Prefer Life
Weserburg Museum of Modern Art Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen, Germany
October 10, 2012Metamorphosis — The Transformation of Being
9th – 14th October 2012
All Visual Arts, 33 Portland Place, London W1B 1QE
Following the success of 2010’s critically acclaimed group exhibition Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, which attracted over 4,000 visitors during the Frieze Art Fair, All Visual Arts is pleased to announce its upcoming autumn exhibition, Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being. Curated by All Visual Arts directors Joe La Placa and Mark Sanders, with guest curator Wolfgang Schoppmann of the Thomas Olbricht Foundation, the exhibition takes a thought-provoking look at the evolving language of metamorphosis and transformation spanning over 400 years in the visual arts. Set in the dilapidated grandeur of a former embassy at 33 Portland Place, the exhibition features over 100 works from 48 artists, some especially commisioned for the exhibition. Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being will run from October the 8th to the 14th alongside this year’s Frieze Art Fair 2012.
Joanna Kirk continues with her themes of landscape, figure, memory and nature – psychological pastel landscapes in her two recent paintings available to view at Blain Southern. They are uniquely detailed and highly charged pastel paintings. See the paintings on our blog here.
The works are available to view by appointment at Blain Southern, Hanover Square, London.
Joanna Kirk’s publication is available through Other Criteria here.
October 6, 2011‘Now & Then’ — A Show of Contemporary Art
Using her fingers to blend colours and build surface, Joanna Kirk’s pastel paintings relate her experience of motherhood in which beauty is marked out against everyday reality to provide a new perspective on her work and life. A number of the landscapes are drawn from locations in north Wales including Nant-y-Coed, Llanberis and Llanfairfechan.
Joanna Kirk's large-scale works at Blain|Southern London
Afghanistan Pakistan, 2009, Pastel, 122 cm x 214 cm x 4 cm
Belgium Spain, 2009, Pastel, 122 cm x 214 cm x 4 cm
France Italy, 2009, Pastel, 122 cm x 214 cm x 4 cm
Pakistan United States, 2009, Pastel, 122 cm x 214 cm x 4 cm
United States France, 2009, Pastel, 122 cm x 214 cm x 4 cm