Jo Chate makes paintings that explore the space between the real and the imagined. They are largely landscape based with the feel of memory. Urban spaces, inhabited spaces, peripheral spaces. The environs passed though, things seen momentary glimpses, fragments.

She uses photography and found images often painting on them in the working out of ideas. During the process of painting a transformation occurs. The everyday subtly shifts towards something less familiar. It is in the fluidity of paint that reality slips into something else, somewhere else.

The work transcends the ordinary but keeps something of the origin as it combines with thought and memory. The aim is to keep the work open and exploratory – to remain open to possibility in the painting and open to possibility for the viewer.

Varying elements are incorporated and reconfigure in the work to pave the way for a new kind of reality. The paintings unfold in a transitory state as they progress through the process of making and doubt, thought and immediacy. And while each painting stands on its own when they are seen together there is a suggestion of narrative.


Jo lives and works in London.



2002 – 2004    Royal College of Art, London. MA Painting

1999 – 2002    Kingston University. BA Fine Art (1st)

1998 – 1999    City & Guilds, London. Foundation Diploma


2017    NOTES FROM THE WHITE BOOK The Perfume Factory, London. CURATED TWO PERSON show with Sarah Dwyer

2012    ANGELIS DEFENSA Vicoli Poli, Spoleto, Italy.  SOLO SHOW during Dei 2Mondi Fesitval



2020  HASTINGS OPEN 2020 Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Current to January 2021

2020   THIS YEAR’S MODEL ’20  Studio1.1  57a Redchurch Street London E2.  

2018    AN EXQUISIT MESS Pop up space, London

2016    Stewarts Law RCA SECRET, Royal College of Art, London (also 2012-15)

2013    FIRST COME FIRST SERVED Lion and Lamb Gallery, London

2012    LET THE WORLD SLIP Lion and Lamb Gallery, Turps Banana, London

2011    RCA SECRET Royal College of Art, London (also 2006 – 2010)

2010    ARTWORKSOPEN Barbican Arts Group Trust, London

2008    NEWWORK Project Space, Great Western Studios, London

2007    MY PENGUIN 39, 39 Mitchell Street, London EC1

2006    HOW WE DWELT IN TWO WORLDS Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London. CURATED Group Show with Sam Windett and Dominic Kennedy.

2005    PECULIAR ENCOUNTERS ecArtspace, St John Street, London EC1. Group show including Varda Caivano, Gordon Cheung, David Spero, Katy Moran.

2005    ARTFUTURES Bloomberg Space, Finsbury Square, London

2005    SYNCOPATIONS Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Group show of emerging British artists

2005    ANYWHERE OUT OF THIS WORLD Plattform, Piccadilly, London W1. Group show of graduates from RCA, Goldsmiths, Slade and Chelsea

2004    22EXHIBITION Ladbrook Hall, Barlby Road, London. Group show including David Burrows, Jasper Joffe, Alexandre Da Cunha, Neal Rock

2004    THE SHOW Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London. MA show

2004    COMMON GROUND Chambers Gallery, Long Lane, London EC1.

2003    REDUCED Century Gallery, Cremer Street, London E1

2003    WHO’S HOWIE, RCA Howie Street, London

2002    14X14 Century Gallery, Cremer St, London E1

2002    SIDEBYSIDEBYSIDE Century Gallery, Cremer St, London E1

2002    MIXUP New Inn Space, New Inn Yard, London EC2

2002    TEN DIALOGUES New Inn Space, New Inn Yard, London EC2

2001    SMALL WORKS The Pump House, Battersea Park, London

2001    DAUB Pop up space, Kingsland Road London E2. CURATED

2000    UNTITLED The Loading Bay, Brick Lane, London E2


2000    Unilever Award for painting


Include Unilever, The Collective, The Royal College of Art and private collections in the UK, Italy and USA.