Biography

Joanne studied Fine Art at Brighton University where she was tutored by Andrzej Jackowski. In 1998 she was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she trained with Norman Ackroyd, Lawrence Jenkins, Norman Adams, Ken Kiff, Jennifer Durrant, Burt Irwin, Maurice Cockrill and Sonia Lawson amongst others. Winning the Landseer prize on graduation, She then travelled to Montana, USA, for 13 months and lived and worked with Lakota Sioux medicine men on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Iridescent mediums, metallics, resin and reflective particles are used to express and capture a wonder facing perspective of the cosmos, divinity and deepening Buddhist path. Joanne Farley-Webb (b.1973) creates artworks that change in different light sources and consist of multiple textural layers, dots and intricate weaved patterns.

Her work is an ongoing intuitive and heart centred enquiry, a perpetual series of focused explorations into the inner infinite space within all of us, inspired and led by our Buddha nature, contemplative spiritual practices, Kirtan and devotional teachings.

Her NEW unseen series of paintings were made during the lockdown year of 2020-21 and as part of an Arts-On -Prescription Arts Council England funded project exploring art as medicine for transformation and wellbeing in the local Chichester community.

Often we see artists absorbed by the colour and expressions of other contemporary painters in a historical and modern context but Farley-Webb has occupied a more metaphysical territory of painterly exploration and otherworldly plains.

An ordinary extraordinary day in her home based art studio consists of sound bytes in the form of the repetitive sound of Sanskrit chanting while she paints.  Dharma spiritual teachings, quantum physics talks and matters on the matter and fabric of space resonate whilst she works.

She sits in a growing spiritual renaissance in the arts and is worth discovering. Joanne embodies her peaceful paintbrush philosophy and is quietly using creativity as a daily tool to deeper understand the self.

Circles and straight lines overlap and merge with flat golds. Spread across the stained canvas areas are broken mandalas which convey the feeling that some kind of distraction has taken place in a moment of stillness. A closer inspection reveals tiny mesmerising metallic embellishments. Delicate swirls of raised painted flesh and intricate dotted bumps resemble the tribal scars that decorate the bodies of Ethiopia's Bodi, Mursi and Surma tribes.

Each dot represents the mark of belonging, place, feeling or an experience that has found its way into her life path onto the canvas. They are gentle conversations in micro and macro observations simultaneously. These artworks have an astonishing precision yet sustain an organic, disconnected and unbalanced composition that somehow works. The quality connected with their making, and sophistication of universal questions familiar to all of us make them noteworthy and compelling.

The majority of Joannes work is in her art studio and not online.

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