One of the few contemporary artists working solely in pastel, Joanna Kirk (b. 1963 Cheshire, UK) makes psychological landscapes in which she explores themes such as motherhood, isolation, humanity and intimacy. Gradually building up the surface of each piece, she adds layer upon layer to produce compositionally rich and complex landscapes which become almost abstract in their surface detail.

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Joanna Kirk Portrait Courtesy The Artist And Blain Southern

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Blain|Southern London
Joanna Kirk

Joanna Kirk

9 September – 3 November 2016

BIOGRAPHY

Selected solo exhibitions include: Joanna Kirk, Blain|Southern London, UK (2015); Miles to Go Before I Sleep, Mostyn, Llandudno, UK (2010); Ciocca Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT (2000); Modern Art Inc, London, UK (1999); Künstlerhaus, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, AT (1996); Todd Gallery, London, UK (1994 and 1993); Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK (1989); Carino Campo Gallery, Antwerp, BE (1989); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (1988); Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK (1987) and Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, UK (1987).

Selected group exhibitions include: I Prefer Life, Weserburg Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Bremen, DE (2016); Metamorphosis, All Visual Arts, One Marylebone Place, London, UK (2012); Objects of Delight, QUAD, Derby, UK (2011); Now & Then, Harris Lindsay, London, UK (2011); Peeping Tom Part 2, Kunsthal KAdE (Amersfoort), NL (2011); Peeping Tom, Vegas Gallery, London, UK (2010); Intimate Art: Love, Family and Friendship, Lowry Centre, Manchester, UK (2002); Intimate Art, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK; Simulacra: Keeping It Real, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK (1999); Saatchi In Sheffield, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK (1999); Flowers In Art In The 20th Century, Harewood House, Yorkshire, UK (1999); Remaking Reality, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (1997); Joanna Kirk, Carina Weidle, Todd Gallery, London, UK (1995); Christmas Show, British Council, Prague, CZ (1993); Western Exposure, Riverside Studios, London, UK (1993); The British Art Show, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK (1990); The British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (1990); Subject: Object, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK (1989); Twentieth Century Drawing and Sculpture, Jacksonville, Florida, US (1989); Vanitas, Norwich School of Art Gallery, Norwich, UK (1988); Group Show, Richard Pomeroy Gallery, London, UK (1987); Interference, Riverside Studios, London, UK (1986); Love: Sacred and Profane, Plymouth Arts Centre, UK (1986); Riverside Studios, London, UK (1984).

Kirk has works in numerous public collections including; Murderme, UK; Saatchi Collection, UK and The Arts Council, UK. Other Criteria and Rachel Cusk published a catalogue of her works in 2010. The artist lives and works in Blackheath, London.

 

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1963, Born in Cheshire, UK


EDUCATION

1981-84
Goldsmiths College of Art, London, UK

1980-81
West Surrey College of Art, London, UK


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Joanna Kirk, Blain|Southern, London, UK

2010
Miles to Go Before I Sleep, Mostyn, Llandudno, UK

2000
Joanna Kirk, Ciocca Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

1999
Joanna Kirk, Modern Art Inc, London, UK

1996
Joanna Kirk, Künstlerhaus, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, AT

1994
Joanna Kirk, Todd Gallery, London, UK

1994
Joanna Kirk, Art Cologne, DE

1993
Joanna Kirk, Todd Gallery, London, UK

1989
Joanna Kirk, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

1989
Joanna Kirk, Carino Campo Gallery, Antwerp, BE

1988
Joanna Kirk, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

1987
Joanna Kirk, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

1987
Joanna Kirk, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, UK

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
I Prefer Life, Weserburg Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Bremen, DE

2012
Metamorphosis, All Visual Arts, One Marylebone Place, London, UK

2011
Objects of Delight, QUAD, Derby, UK
Now & Then, Harris Lindsay, London, UK
Peeping Tom Part 2, Kunsthal KAdE (Amersfoort), NL 

2010
Peeping Tom, Vegas Gallery, London, UK

2004
Selected Artworks from the Saatchi Gift to the Arts Council, Touring Exhibition, UK

2002
Intimate Art: Love, Family and Friendship, Lowry Centre, Manchester, UK
Intimate Art, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK 

2000
Armoury Show, New York, US

1999
Simulacra: Keeping It Real, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK
Saatchi In Sheffield, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Flowers In Art In The 20th Century, Harewood House, Yorkshire, UK

1997
Remaking Reality, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK

1995
Joanna Kirk, Carina Weidle, Todd Gallery, London, UK

1993
Christmas Show, British Council, Prague, CZ
Western Exposure, Riverside Studios, London, UK

1990
The British Art Show, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
The British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

1989
Subject: Object, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK
Twentieth Century Drawing and Sculpture, Jacksonville, Florida, US

1988
Vanitas, Norwich School of Art Gallery, Norwich, UK

1987
Group Show, Richard Pomeroy Gallery, London, UK

1986
Interference, Riverside Studios, London, UK
Love: Sacred and Profane, Plymouth Arts Centre, UK 

1984
Group Show, Riverside Studios, London, UK
Christie’s Inaugural Exhibition, London, UK


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2009
Joanna Kirk: Rachel Cusk, Other Criteria, UK

1990
British Art Show Catalogue, UK

1988
Marjorie Althorpe-Guyton, Whitechapel Art Gallery Catalogue, UK


SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS 

2015
E. Chricton-Miller, “Watching this chaos unfurl”: Interview with Joanna Kirk, Apollo Magazine, 22 September
V. Rance, “On a Headland of Lava Beside You”, The Learned Pig, 17 September
O. Bladen, “Technicolor Dreams: Joanna Kirk brings oil pastels to life at Blain|Southern”, ArtAttack,
15 September
L. Kirilova, “Joanna Kirk at Blain Southern”, The Upcoming, 14 September
M. Westall, “Artist Joanna Kirk one of the few contemporary artists working solely with pastel”,
FAD, 5 September

2014
V. Rance, Turps Banana, Issue #14

2012
Wallpaper, 1October

2010
A. Hickling, “How did senior citizens in Derby get to curate their own art show?”, The Guardian, 31 October

2002
Open City, Issue #11 – OCTO ATE THEM ALL
H. Laville, “Up Close and Personal”, New Statesman, 28 January

2000
“Saatchi Gift”, Arts Council of Great Britain

1999
M. Costa, Evening Standard
S. Kent, Time Out
Id Magazine

1994
Herald Tribune, November
S. Craddock, The Times, 15 July

1993
S. Hubbard, Time Out, 13 October
A. Dannatt, Sunday Times

1989
S. Kent, Time Out, 13 September
S. Kent, Time Out, 3 August

1987
J. Roberts, Flash Art, November
M. Currah, City Limits, 17 September


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Murderme Collection, UK
Rayden Weiss Collection, Dusseldorf, DE
Saatchi Collection, London, UK
Arts Council of Great Britain, UK
Harmsworth Family, UK
Walpole Family, UK
Hofer Family, CH
Scottish Equitable, UK
Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
Nordstern Insurance Company, Basel, CH

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