Joanne Smith’s work emanates from her emotional connection with flowers but specifically focuses on the exploration between femininity and human affection. Flowers are often viewed collectively, when they are viewed as a singular, they emulate character and become vulnerable, this unveiled quality is captured in her work.
“The flowers I paint are focused on the individual or the relationship between two individuals. Through engagement with the materials I connect with the twists and turns of petals to describe connections and feminine beauty. Memories and life experiences are described in my work through the use of composition and the application of paint. Drips of paint suspended in time work in harmony with watery ink and blocks of vibrant oil paint to communicate the layers of emotions I have navigated through to reach hope. Like many men and women, I have overcome the affliction of domestic abuse. This experience is evident in recent works through the language of mixed media. Domestic abuse is a vexing experience; however, I wish to describe my experience as a celebration of how I have overcome hardship to become a confident woman and mother.”
Joanne enforces the message of positive femininity through her vibrant works. Joanne studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design where she received the UWIC Purchase Prize in 2006. In 2012 she completed her PGCE at the University of South Wales and now enjoys her position as Art Lecturer at Merthyr Tydfil College.
CV & Education
Art Lecturer at The College Merthyr Tydfil-2012-present
PGCE- University of South Wales-2010-2012
BA (Hons) Fine Art-Cardiff School of Art (UWIC)-2003-2006
Upcoming-Summer Exhibition- Oriel Plas Glyn- Y- Weddw, Gwynedd.
‘Terra’-Cardiff M.A.D.E Gallery, Cardiff-Online Exhibition
Glasbury Arts Annual Exhibition- Glasbury Village Hall, Hereford.
Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting- Futures Gallery, Pierhead Building, Cardiff.
Made in Roath- G39, Cardiff.
Spring Show- Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
Open Art 2019- Cyfarthfa Castle & Art Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil.
2018-Glasbury Arts Annual Exhibition-Glasbury Village Hall, Hereford
2017-Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting- Cyfarthfa Castle & Art Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
2010 – Red Earth Gallery, Tiverton
2009- The Architects Gallery, Teddington, London
2008- Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil
Awards & Memberships
UWIC Purchase Prize 2006
ATOM Collective-member since 2018
Post War to Post Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales (Peter Jones & Isabel Hitchman)
WeAreZanna-Issue Six-Botanical Garden Issue