Joan Prickett is an artist living and working in Cumbria. A latecomer to a career in art, her formal art education began in 2011 with a summer course at Slade School of Fine Art followed by two years at Edinburgh’s Leith School of Art where, in 2016, she was awarded the school’s Figurative Painting Prize. Earlier careers, including midwifery, health visiting and therapeutic counselling, focused intensely on people. People, and the human form, continue to be a major focus of the artist’s work today from portraiture and life drawing to un-posed studies. Joan has developed an approach to oil paint application and use of colour that attempts to create an engaging visual image expressing what she feels and experiences of the subject/s in addition to recording what she sees.
“I describe myself as an expressive representational painter. I work in oils and/or mixtures of ink and wash. My preference is to paint and draw from direct observation as my artistic expression is strongly influenced by the real-time interaction between myself and a sitter or model - the visceral sense of the other that occurs between people in direct contact. However, producing portraits of NHS front-line workers (#portraitsfornhsheroes initiative) and restrictions imposed during the pandemic forced me to learn to make good use of photographs as additional resources.”
Joan has had paintings shortlisted for several prize exhibitions including, most recently, The New Light Touring Exhibition (2023/24); Jackson’s Painting Prize (2021); Society of Women Artists Exhibition (2020); Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition (2019); Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibitions (2015 & 2016).
Her work can be found in collections in the UK, Europe, Morrocco and Canada
Her home studio/gallery is open by appointment throughout the year when you will be welcome to view new works; works-in-progress; sketchbooks and a range of giclee prints.