• Born in Surrey in 1962, currently lives and works in Surrey.
  • 1980 - 85 - trained as a classical pianist at the Royal College of Music, London.
  • 1990 - 92 – Art Certificate Course at Putney School of Art and Design.
  • Currently exhibits with The Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Will’s Art Warehouse, Putney Heath, Claremont Gallery, Sevenoaks,
  • Solo shows at Thirteen Langton Street (Bernard Chauchet) – 2005 and 2008.
  • Exhibited extensively at the Mall Galleries, London with The Pastel Society,
    The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and The Society of Women Artists.
  • Member of the Pastel Society since 2015

Awards:

  • 2015 – The Buzzacott Award for Almost there  and The Derwent Pastel Award for Summer Walk - both at the Look Again Pastel exhibition, Mall Galleries
  • 2012 - John Longley Prize for Isleworth Ait in the Love Pastel exhibition, Mall Galleries.

Notable commissions and achievements:

  • Ten original paintings commissioned for Roman Abramovich’s yacht The Eclipse.
    Several original paintings chosen for two Moroccan Royal Palaces.
  • Artwork used for prints and original commissioned pieces for many hotels including Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados; Churchill Hotel, London and the Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge.
  • Three works published by the Art Group – including a Tuscan Landscape, which sold over 40,000 copies worldwide at IKEA.
  • The first artist to be promoted by Ryan Air with a Winter Landscape watercolour printed on their airline tray tables.

Articles:

  • The Luxurious Magazine – 2013
  • The Acrylic Artist - 2015
  • The Pastel Journal - 2015
  • Practique des Arts - 2016

ARTIST STATEMENT

Over the years I have worked in a diverse range of styles and mediums and from many different subject matters - landscape, abstract, and cityscape – but I find I am always drawn back to the sea. I travel whenever I can, and particularly love the rugged coast of North and West Cornwall and the barren beauty of the Scottish island of Islay.

My working practise comes from a combination of physical observation - quick sketches done in situ and photographs plus a more indirect and abstract approach.

Although I might be painting a particular place, my aim is not simply to record the view - but more the experience of being in that place…the time of day, light, weight and surge of water, the feel of sun, rain or relentless wind. Of equal importance to me are the tactility of the materials I use and the emotive use of colour. In essence it is a two fold process – fusing the ‘what’ – (the subject) with the ‘how’ – (the method).

I work intuitively and often 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.

When sketching directly I work quickly with whatever materials are nearest to hand. The larger pieces are done in the studio on canvas or board, and I find the quick- drying quality of acrylic perfect for how I like to work. I paint fast and with limited planning. The composition almost revealing 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.

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My contact details are:

joanne@joannelast.co.uk

+44 (0)7825 999674