Incised Collagraph Plate
I recently presented a thematic overview of my practice at the inaugural Australian Print Triennial, Mildura, as part of a panel discussing Sustaining art practice as a non- conventional route – namely teaching, highlighting some of the challenges I faced since leaving art school, the things I have done to maintain the momentum essential to a vital creative career, and reflect the organic evolvement of my arts practice.
In my first two years of art school I focused on drawing and learning the techniques of printmaking.
Life drawing, self-portraits, cityscapes, landscapes and found objects making up much of my subject matter. In third year I started to develop a visual language Inspired by a visit to Jamieson in north-east Victoria.
|Jo Lankester, Jamieson, 1994, Multi-colour plate collagraph, 100 x 75cm, Artist Proof, Printed at VCA by Jo Lankester|
|Jo Lankester, Jamieson lll, 1994, Multi-colour plate collagraph, 100 x 75cm, Artist Proof, Printed at VCA by Jo Lankester|
John Scurry head of printmaking, encouraged me to submit a triptych 100 x 230cm to the Canson Student Print Award in 1994.
|Jo Lankester, Far Northern Colours, 1995, Multi-colour plate Collagraph, 100 x 75cm, Edition: 5, Printed at APW by Jo Lankester|
|Jo Lankester, Dingya, 1995, Collagraph with hand coloured paper with Ochre, 56 x 76cm, Edition 5, Printed at APW by Jo Lankester|
|Jo Lankester, Etched Environment, 1995, Etching, 88 x 75cm, Edition: 5, Printed at APW by Jo Lankester|
|Jo Lankester, Weathered Rockface, 1995, Etching & spitbite, 76 x 56cm, Edition APW 1/1, Printed at APW by Martin King|
In the early days, this decision had a big impact on the direction of my arts practice.
|Jo Lankester, Cape Pallerenda from Kissing Point, 2000, Etching, Aquatint, 28.5 x 59.5cm, Edition: 25, Exchange folio curated by Rona Green, Printed at JCU by Jo Lankester|
|Jo Lankester, Wulguru, 2002, Multi-colour plate, Collagraph, 56 x 76 cm, Edition 5, Printed at JCU by Jo Lankester|
Volunteering at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, led to an 8 year appointment in exhibitions and collections. My intentions in taking the position was to work for 2 year’s full time, gaining industry knowledge and a new set of skills. Early on in my appointment my long term relationship broke down influencing my decision to remain in full time employment.During this period I produced relatively little work until 2008.
|Jo Lankester, Midday, 2008, Multi-colour plate dremel drypoint, 30 x 20cm, Edition: 5, Printed in home studio by Jo Lankester|
The next couple of years were spent like my journeyman years at University, concentrating on drawing and mastering the techniques of printmaking again.
An ongoing challenge I faced over the years is the lack of constructive criticism that I had become accustomed to during critique sessions at Art School.
Through experience, I knew of the energy and effort required to succeed as a professional artist in a regional centre. Without gallery representation I knew I had to gain a new set of skills, including business, marketing, and internet marketing and social media. My career has evolved organically through hard work and determination, I apply integrity, honesty and a strong work ethic to everything I do. I am an opportunist, I say yes to everything, and I feel the fear and do it anyway.
|Brush & Press Studio, Townsville, Dec 2010 – Dec 2013|
It was a unique concept and vision for Townsville, it was innovative and progressive, contributing to urban revitalization through public appeal and engagement and adding life to the CBD.
|Supervillains, All male print exhibition, Curated by Kathy Cornwall, Brush & Press Studio, 30 March – 20 May 2012|
|Laura Castell, Brush & Press Studio, August 2011, Printing for Neoteric print exhibition|
A comment left in the visitor’s book. “Brush & Press is one of the best additions to the Townsville art scene in years – high quality work, beautiful gallery and genuine artisan workshop. If this great quality can be maintained and replicated the new mall will become once again the true centre of Townsville.”
I am passionate about my personal commitment to printmaking and the development of its profile in our community. I maintain a linkage to number of artist run initiatives, an arts organisations in Townsville, through exhibiting and curating exhibitions.
|Jo Lankester & Douglas Arana, Brush & Press Studio, August 2011, Printing for Neoteric print exhibition|
|Karen Fiorito & Jo Lankester, International Artist in Residence, Brush & Press Studio, August 2011, Printing for Neoteric print exhibition|
My passion is shared with other printmaking artists in our region, including Ron McBurnie, who mentored and encouraged local printmaking artists to form a group, meet regularly, share knowledge and skills, exchange prints, exhibit, engaging with local, national and international communities.
|Peter Lancaster & Eliza Turnbull, Residency & Workshop, PressNorth Printmakers, Professional Development Project, Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts, 11 – 18 November 2013|
Through connecting and maintaining friendships with my contemporaries nationally, I developed a program that received funding to bring leading technicians and printmaking artists to Townsville to further our education.
|G.W. Bot, Residency & Workshop, PressNorth Printmakers, Professional Development Project, Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts, 2 – 9 March 2014|
|Trent Walter, Residency & Workshop, PressNorth Printmakers, Professional Development Project, Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts, 19 – 27 April 2014|
|PressNorth Printmakers, Professional Development Project, Judy Watson, Residency & Workshop, Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts, 2 – 9 June 2014|
|Published on the occasion of, Cornerstone by Jo Lankester, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, 18 July – 24 August 2014, Publication Design and Development, Rob Donaldson / Eric Nash / Shane Fitzgerald|
|Julie Chambers & Shane Fitzgerald, Cornerstone exhibition opening, 18 July 2014|
|Symbiosis, Jo Lankester, The Art Vault, 16 Sept– 5 Oct 2015|
|Andrew Svrta, Emily Kiddell, Trent Walter, & Wendy Murray at The Australian Print Triennial|
|Jo Lankester, Rew Hanks, & Wendy Murray at The Australian Print Triennial|
|Mandy Gunn, Heather Shimmen & Arone Meeks, The Art Vault, The Australian Print Triennial|