'Primarily using 'drawing' as the first tool to articulate, Jo is constantly driven by notions of ambiguity or duality. She uses representational style to convey abstract ideas and is continually absorbed by the confluence of order and chaos, thought and matter.....' 

"There is another world, but it is in this one" 
Paul Eluard

I use drawing as a tool to dream, and a tool to think visually. In the battle between the long line and the miniature mark....the long line won’t leave me alone. The drawn line. The crossed line to other places. Why the backs of heads so often? For me they invite the mystery of what goes on, on the other side. A place where one feeling can eclipse everything you know.

Line and balance are my two main partners/adversaries. I focus on these while I deeply consider their implication in human communication. In my drawing practice I like to ‘take a hair for a walk’ (a reference to Paul Klee’s mythical quote about drawing: ‘taking a line for a walk’).  My inspiration is concerned with the way lines behave, where they come from, how they remind me of the thinking process in all its organised and messy ways.  Hair lines became my passport to the thinking line, the feeling space and the texture that is drawing. 

Instagram: @__jolane__


2018   April/May - Selected for Xhibit. 

Xhibit showcases the best emerging creatives from UAL. Xhibit is open to all current students and is selected by an expert panel of creative industry professionals.  
Art Bermondsey Project Space,  London SE1 3UW

2018    'Beautiful Banal' Group Show, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne, February
2017    Solo 'head' Tacit Art, opening 12th July, 312 Johnson Street, Abbotsford
2017    Nillumbik Art Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham, Victoria June/July
2017    Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Gallery, Werribee Victoria, April/May
2016    Solo 'SENSOR', Junior Space Gallery, Smith Street, Fitzroy, October to November
2016    Sculpture 'beautiful torture' included in Montsalvat Arts Festival October 16th
2016    Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery, 20th August to 20th October
2016    Solo 'Time's Tattoo', Montsalvat Residents Gallery,Eltham Victoria, July
2016    SCOPE Galleries Art Award - Art Concerning Environment, Warrnambool
2016    The Peacock in the Room, Group Show, curator Petra Nicel, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, April
2016    Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Gallery, Werribee Victoria, March to May
2016    Dragonfly, Group Show, final HOUSE OF BRICKS, 40 Budd St., Collingwood,
2015    #IAMANY Group Show, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Woods Street, Darwin - August
2015    FLUX CONTROL Group Show, Becc Orszag | Cameron Robbins | Dean Thompson | Hollie M Kelley l Indigo O’Rourke | Ian Paradine | Jo Lane | Leith Maguire | Ryan McGennisken,  HOUSE OF BRICKS, 40 Budd St., Collingwood, in June
2015    DRAWv2, Groups Show, Melbourne Arts Club, Preston. Selection by curator Julia Howard.
2015    I IS ANOTHER, Group Show George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, http://iisanotherinstallation.weebly.com/
2015    LAUNCH 2015, Brunswick Arts Space, Brunswick. Selection by curator Alex Clark from graduate shows 2014
2014    Group show, VCA Student Gallery, Dodds Street, South Melbourne,
2014    Kedumba Drawing Award, Wild Valley Art Park, Wentworth Falls NSW then Orange Regional Gallery to Jan 2015
2014    Group Show 'bravarto' Gallery 314, Church Street, Richmond Victoria
2013    LEFTOVERS IV, international print portfolio, traveling exhibition by Wingtip Press USA, AppleStick Contemporary Art, Balnarring. August - September
2013    St Luke's 'exquisite palette', Melbourne
2013    Linden Post Card Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2012    Christmas Show, LaTrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
2012    Studio Art Show, LaTrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
2012    Group show, the arc Yinnar Biennial Drawing Prize Exhibition
2012    Group show ‘Winged Things and Other Wonders of the Natural World’, Domain House Gallery, South Yarra, Victoria
2011    Group show ‘Artspring’ at Coolart, Parks Victoria, Somers, Victoria
2011    Solo ‘The Feather’ Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2006    Solo ‘In the Presence of Nature’ Emporium Botanica, Armadale, Victoria

Award information

2017    Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Awards, Finalist
2017    Nillumbik Art Prize, Finalist, Winner People's Choice Award
2017    Wyndham Art Prize, Finalist
2016    Kedumba Drawing Award, Finalist
2016    SCOPE Galleries Art Award - Art Concerning Environment, Finalist
2016    Wyndham Art Prize, Finalist
2014    Kedumba Drawing Award, Finalist
2013    Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Finalist
2012    arc Yinnar Biennial Drawing Prize, Finalist


Undertaking Masters of Drawing, University of Arts, London, Wimbledon College of Arts 2017/2018
Graduate Certificate Visual Art, Melbourne University, Victorian College of the Arts, 2014
Diploma of Visual Art, Latrobe College of Art and Design, Melbourne, 2011 - 2013
Australian Print Workshop, Introduction to Etching with Martin King, July - August 2013
Internationale Sommerakademie Venice, Painting, 2010
Botanical Art School Melbourne, various intensive and short courses, 2004 – 2005
1993 Williamson Leadership Foundation, Graduate (now Leadership Victoria)

2013   Balibo Fort Museum, East Timor, image preparation and presentation
2011   John Gollings, Burnt Landscape, GPO Melbourne
2010   Co-curator ‘BotanicAsia’, Domain House, South Yarra, Victoria for Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
1995   Creative Director, 'The Useum', virtual cultural centre, for Victorian State Govt.

'Petrichor', Visible Ink, RMIT anthology of creative writing, artwork inclusion 2015
UNVEILING CONTEMPORARIES, Feature artist  www.unveilingcontemporaries.com 2015 (text from Curator Petra Nicel below)
Lines & Marks, Magazine. Included twice in 2015 http://linesandmarks.com/ 
'Encounters', Visible Ink, RMIT anthology of creative writing, artwork inclusion 2014
'On the Ledge of the World', Visible Ink, RMIT artwork inclusion 2013
Janice Breen Burns, ‘Frocks of a Feather', The Age, February 2011
Kellie Hush, ‘Birds of a Feather’ Sydney Morning Herald, Exhibition Style, December 2010
WhiteSpac3, online art magazine - Feature Artist 2010

Member of National Association for the Visual Arts Ltd NAVA

words from 'UNVEILING CONTEMPORARIES', by Petra Nicel

"Jo has an undeniable ability to create work that is moving, stimulating and curious. 
This series stretches the subject beyond the dimensions of the image and into the 3-dimensional world; such a playful, beautiful and considered approach. 

What initially struck me about Jo's work was her absolute, incontrovertible technical skill. Something that has been discussed a lot in my circles lately is the traditionally 'difficult' parts of the human body to translate into works of art; the feet, and, of course, the hands. The hands are such a fascinating and beautiful part of the body - they truly tell a story. They can be used to communicate, to act, and to move. Jo so delicately captures everything that is beautiful about them; the way they move, the way the muscles show, the way they grasp or cup things, the way their movements affect the muscles in the arms. They are complex, and to me, mesmerising. Jo draws them with such detail and elegance. I feel as though I could reach out and stroke the skin of that greyscale subject - it is warming, and it is rare for an artwork to make you feel that way. And by adding these sculptures into the foreground she creates a whole environment, an external context for the figure - a suggestion that they are living, moving characters. The sculptures add to the sense of story; they meld together into a narrative and challenge drawing traditions. Jo moves beyond the idea of drawings being flat and still.

Her stunning combination of 2D and 3D brings her work to life; it fills the exhibition space with movement and energy. 
These objects and images are so emotive; by looking at them I feel as though I have become the hand, and much like the drawing, am reaching into another state of being."