Jo Ellis

Jo trained as a graphic designer and now lives and works in Hampshire. Since technology has increasingly dominated the creative process of design she has enjoyed returning to painting, relishing the freedom and opportunity to express herself creatively, explore ideas and 'get her hands dirty' again. 

Jo's expressive charcoals are the basis of her work, the freedom of drawing and concentrating on a subject can produce unexpected results which she then explores with paint in her studio, working mainly in acrylic, oils and mixed media. Attracted to natural subjects, she finds inspiration and energy in organic shapes. Currently she is abstracting subject matter from landscapes, seascapes and figures, the South Downs and North Cornish Coastline are particular sources of inspiration. "My work is all about experiencing a place not about representing it, my emotions and reactions to where I am and what I am looking at are an important part of creating a painting – something unexpected often reveals itself in the process of working – which is exciting and energising."

She is one of 'Just Four Contemporary Artists', a group of 4 female artists who work and exhibit together. This creative collaboration has made her brave and freed her to take risks which she finds releasing. Recently as a group they have exhibited together in Cork Street, London; and during 2015 at The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol and at Brighton Art Fair.


Additionally Jo has started to exhibit more widely on her own as well. In 2016 she will be exhibiting at:
The Flint Gallery, Blakeney, Norfolk
The Late November Gallery, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Rum's Eg Gallery, Romsey, Hampshire

Previously at: The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge 2015; Studio 53 Salisbury 2015; Gabriel Fine Art, London 2015; AFAS, The Mall Galleries, London 2015; Hampshire Open Studios 2015; Wessex GoLD Changing Perspectives Exhibition, Winchester, 2015; The Stilwell Art Group, Chichester 2015; The Art Hangar, St James, London, 2014 and Hampshire Artists Cooperative.