“All my life I felt like I wasn’t living my true self – I was living a life for others. I had to be the best wife, the best mum, the best daughter, the best me. But the truth was I didn’t know who I was, or if I had ever known me at all.”
London based artist Joanna Gilbert paints TRUTH. Her truth.
But it’s a Truth that many will identify with.
A late starter when it comes to art, Joanna Gilbert is a recent MAFA graduate from UAL Chelsea College of Arts where she was awarded a distinction for her ‘NOTHING TO BUY’ body of work.
It was during her Masters, her divorce and reaching some of the lowest points of her life, she found an invincible strength within her.
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
By Albert Camus, French Philosopher
Bold and beautiful large-scale abstract pieces ooze visceral energy – energy that is painted from the inside, not from intellect. They show freedom and limitless thinking.
Joanna has shed her fear of failure, of meeting expectations, of living a lie. She has gained an understanding of life that she wished she had known when she was a teenager.
Something quite magical is emerging.
Every mark has a message, every colour has a meaning. There is passion, there is pain, there is a lifetime of experience that goes into each painting.
“It’s as though a door has been unlocked and now I know who I really am.”
For the rest of us…Wake up. Lose the fear. Lose the label. Lose the limits.
Look out for Joanna’s forthcoming solo show: L I M I T L E S S in Avivson Gallery, Highgate, London (and online) during May / June 2020.
2020 Solo show during Frieze week @ D Contemporary, October 2020 Contemporary, Mayfair
2020 ‘L I M I T L E S S’ May to June 2020, Solo Show at Avivson Gallery, Highgate, London
2019 ‘ARTIQ 10 YEAR SHOW’ Live paint and pop up exhibition, Covent Garden
2019 ‘D Contemporary: Painting Prize 2019’, December – January 2020, Mayfair
2018 ‘MAFA Final Degree Show’, Sept 7th, UAL Chelsea
2018 ‘Nothing to Buy’, Solo Pop Up Installation, Unit 6, Station Parade, Southgate, London
2018 ‘Re:’ Group show at the MAFA space with Blair Zaye, Gail Olding & Joanna Gilbert
2018 MAFA Interim Show in Triangle Space, UAL Chelsea
2017 ‘Path’ Group Show with at UAL Chelsea
2017 ‘Broken Paradox’ Show at The Morgue with Joanna Gilbert and Esra Vazirally
2017 Group Show at Insight School of Art, Whetstone
2017 ‘BLUE’, Group Exhibition at Cass Art, Kingston
2017 ‘Edge of Ordinary 6’, Group Show at Espacio Gallery, London
2016 ‘London CityScape’, Sculpture installed at 20 Fenchurch St
2016 ‘Edge of Ordinary 5’, Group Show at Espacio Gallery, London
2016 ‘Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours’ Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries
2015 ‘Battersea Development’ Group Exhibition 2015 London Jewish Cultural Centre Group Exhibition
2014 ‘Art in Architecture II ‘ on show at The Comer Business Centre, London
2013 ‘Iconic London’ at The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
2013 Represented and on show via The Linda Blackstone Gallery
2013 Group show at The Playboy Club London
2013 Represented and on Show through Wade Consulting
2013 ‘Art in Architecture’ at The Comer Business Centre, London
2012 Solo Show at Greys Gallery
Embraer – 50th Anniversary Live Paint at The Shard, London
Quintain – Wembley Park – Live paint event for the launch of new development
Allied World – Sculpture for HQ London Office
American Express – 3 paintings at 230 Blackfriars Gazprom – A series of 5 works for HQ
Elior – Branded Art commission for HQ
Space Engineering – 2 paintings commissioned for Bristol HQ
M&S – On show in the staff area of Cheshire Oaks