Jo Taswell

I am an abstract painter and an occasional printmaker. My palate is vibrant and I like to use colour to express emotion as well as to depict the season or time of day. I usually paint large canvases using washes and layering paint. I like to build up depth on the canvas and create a feeling as well as a visual response to my subject. When a painting is going well I am almost in a meditative state. My paintings often have geometric shapes or lines in them.which I add when the painting is almost finished. I do this to bring control back into the abstraction. It helps me feel centred and ‘sets’ the painting on the canvas. I also use gold leaf in some work as it reflects light and adds another element to the finished piece.



After completing a foundation in Art & Design in 1987/88, I am currently in my third year at Northbrook College finishing my Fine Art Degree. This year my artwork has been picked to represent the branding for the Worthing Festival and can be seen on banners, posters and social media sites whilst the festival is on in June. Living on the Sussex coast, my work is inspired by the sea and landscape that surrounds me. My work embraces the Japanese aesthetic concept ‘Wabi-Sabi’ that finds beauty and serenity in landscapes and objects that are imperfect, such as natural decay, derelict buildings, industrial areas. My work encourages the habit of taking time to look closer and to find the sublime in the ordinary.

Jo Taswell