Jo Langley has worked extensively with design and illustration, collage, pencil, paint and digital media. She lives in Blackheath – a town within the beautiful World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park, a two hours drive west of Sydney. She has been developing her ‘Blue Mountains’ suite of digital collages since 2015.
They have evolved from her ‘Digital Folk Art’ collages produced from 2013. Her approach to digital collage is very similar to the genre in its more traditional form. That is the rearrangement of visual elements to create a unique image. The advantage in this case is she can electronically adjust, repeat, copy and paste, merge, blend, flip, filter and resize her digital ingredients. Plus she can produce multiple prints as affordable art.
She has always been interested in pattern and repetition. The effects created by layering one thing on top of another – whether digitally or through more conventional mediums – excite and inspire her.
Particular influences for her electronic pastiches include historical photographs, posters, post cards, souvenirs, even battered old biscuit tins. More broadly her love of and fascination with Folk Art – that is the traditional, decorative expressions of the culture and community of ordinary people and the aesthetic possibilities provided therein – inform her artistic sensibilities and aesthetic decision making. With the intervention of computer technology Jo facilitates a dialogue of sorts between extremities of modernity. Unique, contemporary artworks that are rich and vibrant, while possessing an intimate, atmospheric, weathered and nostalgic quality. All digital ingredients come from photographs taken by the artist. Jo is currently also painting small acrylic landscapes, still lives and interiors.
Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education – Diploma of Art 1976-1978 Sydney Institute of Education – Diploma in Education 1981 Visual Arts Teacher, Illustrator and Graphic designer 1980s-2013
Finalist Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington 2017 Finalist Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize 2017 Finalist Culturescape, a festival of projected art, Katoomba 2017 2nd prize Blue Mountains Artists Network Infinities of Blue exhibition, Sydney Parliament House 2016 Finalist in the Winter Magic Festival Art competition, Katoomba 2016 Finalist in the Bellarine Print Prize, Victoria 2016 Finalist in the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane 2016
Exhibitions Botanica and Birdlife exhibition – The Garden of Earthly Delights, 30th anniversary celebrations of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah 2017 If these Walls could Speak group exhibition at the National Trust’s Woodford Academy, Woodford April-June 2017 Solo exhibition Palette Dining, Katoomba December 2016-January 2017 Artworks exhibited in Hat Hill Gallery, The Hub, and Glenella Guesthouse in Blackheath, and Synonymous cafe in Medlow Bath 2015-2017 Blue Mountains Artists Network group exhibitions at the Grandview Hotel, Wentworth Falls and The Edge cinema, Katoomba 2015-2017