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
SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
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
2001 KINKY VISUAL POLLUTION UniLever, Kingston. SOLO SHOW
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.