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Jo Holdsworth

Jo Holdsworth is an Award-Winning Contemporary British artist known for her paintings of elongated and reflected figures, often in blue and grey tones. Born near Manchester into a musical and artistic household, Jo's fascination with the painting of people stems from the paintings of L.S. Lowry whose work she was introduced to at a young age by Lowry protégé and family friend, Cheshire artist Pat Cooke. Taking inspiration from a city’s ever-changing landscape and urban city views, Jo’s uplifting and unique paintings often include silhouetted figures, combining a subtle colour palette with loose, spontaneous brushwork. Jo’s artistic influences are far-ranging. They include the American realist painters of the early twentieth century, in particular George Bellows known for his striking depictions of New York urban life, and the atmospheric paintings of Edward Hopper. Other influences include early Twentieth-Century photography and the drawings and sculptures of Alberto Giacometti. Jo is represented by galleries in London and Cornwall as well as here in Manchester with us at De Lacey Fine Art. She exhibits widely, including in highly acclaimed solo and group shows.

Jo was delighted to receive the accolade of Royal Arts Prize Visitor’s Choice Award Winner and her joint Award Winners’ Show was presented at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London in March 2020. Jo was recently featured in a Considering Art podcast with journalist Bob Chaundy in which she talks about growing up near Manchester and her early inspirations as well as the development of her signature style. To listen to the podcast click here

Jo’s distinctive paintings attract a loyal following and carry a strong message of hope for the future. She regularly undertakes commissions and her paintings are collected throughout the world.

“She is a painter with a keen eye for colour and an almost cinematic appeal. The paintings are panoramic and range from striking figure paintings to modern landscapes, all painted in subtle hues.” Culture Vulture arts review

“The figures in her work, elongated and striking, dominate her oil on canvas paintings as recurrent leitmotifs. Faceless and eerie, they are denied identity. But this anonymity means each one of them could be any one of us, adding to the undeniably potent imagery of Jo’s work.” Arts & Collections

“Jo’s paintings of figures have a particular visual richness and spontaneity.” Culture Vulture arts review

“Her work evokes, with uncanny semblance, the comings and goings of everyday life. With seemingly effortless brush strokes and a limited colour palette, she crafts an artistic window into quintessentially British scenes.” Arts & Collections

“Like Lowry, Jo has an amazing eye for the dynamic patterns formed by a shifting crowd of people.” Culture Vulture arts review

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