JO MANBY

CONVOLVULUS and CAMPION

CONVOLVULUS and CAMPION

Acrylic & Crown Paint on Designers' Board 52cm x 76cm £550 by Jo Manby

WATER AVENS, BLUEBELLS & RAGGED ROBIN

WATER AVENS, BLUEBELLS & RAGGED ROBIN

Acrylic & Crown Paint on Designers' Board 52cm x 76cm £550 by Jo Manby

HONEYSUCKLE and FOXGLOVE

HONEYSUCKLE and FOXGLOVE

Acrylic & Crown Paint on Designers' Board 52cm x 76cm £550 by Jo Manby

WILD ROSES, BUTTERCUPS and ORANGE TIPS

WILD ROSES, BUTTERCUPS and ORANGE TIPS

Acrylic & Crown Paint on Designers' Board 52cm x 76cm £550 by Jo Manby

EASTERN BLUEBIRDS IN BLOSSOM

EASTERN BLUEBIRDS IN BLOSSOM

Acrylic & Taika Pearlescent Paint on Designers' Board 51cm x 76cm £595 by Jo Manby

CONVOLVULUS, CAMPION, BUTTERCUP

CONVOLVULUS, CAMPION, BUTTERCUP

Acrylic & Crown Paint on Designers' Board 51cm x 76cm £550 by Jo Manby

PARADISE WHYDAHS in DESERT ROSE TREE

PARADISE WHYDAHS in DESERT ROSE TREE

Acrylic & Taika Pearlescent Paint on Designers' Board 51cm x 76cm £595 by Jo Manby

Jo Manby’s current work focuses on birds, butterflies and flowers, an emphasis that relates to the first pandemic lockdown of 2020 when the birds seemed to sing louder than ever before. There was a tendency for people to slow down and notice the small details around them. British hedgerow flowers and birds like chaffinches and jays are often overlooked or taken for granted, but they have a miraculous beauty all of their own. Jo aims to celebrate this magical quality in her work. 

Other current paintings look further afield, for example the Eastern bluebird in cherry blossom or the bewitching Long-tailed Paradise Whydahs in an African desert rose tree. Jo is influenced by the historic chinoiserie style that conflates Chinese and British design, particularly its ornamental flowering trees, intricate curvilinear and arabesque forms and layering of subtle but intense colour.

A freelance painter and writer, Jo has longstanding experience of curating and project management in galleries and museums. She has practiced as an artist and art critic since graduating in English Literature and Art History at the University of York following a Foundation Art course at North Staffordshire University. 

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