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Josephine Wall - Paintings of Fantasy and Surrealism
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Josephine Wall and her husband Bob pictured with Myrea Pettit in London December 2005UK Flag
Review a selection of images by Josephine Wall

Josephine was born in Farnham, Surrey, England in 1947. Her family moved to Poole Dorset when she was 14. A few years later she studied for 3 years at Bournemouth Art College. Her first employment was at Poole Pottery, where she painted the dynamic and boldly coloured designs of the now famous Delphis ware – very collectable, and realising high prices at auction.
Although she has an interest in all forms of craft, her first love is painting. From childhood Josephine has had a passion for light and colour, fantasy, and visual storytelling, the life of a painter was clearly her destiny.
She lives contentedly with her husband at “Wisteria Cottage”, where she works in a purpose built attic studio. The walls are covered with a huge wisteria cascading gorgeous flowers – hand painted of course! Josephine is convinced that working under the pyramid shaped roof is a source of inspirational vibes !, aiding her creativity. The rest of the cottage also displays her artistic nature, a woodland scene and butterflies in the kitchen, flowers and birds on the furniture and even more wisteria on the glass doors in the living room. Even the garden doesn't escape her touch, as she loves designing unusual features and creating an abundance of colour with a slight bias towards the Victorian style.
Josephine Wall and Myrea Pettit share some deep artistic discussionOver the years her passion for painting has moved her from ordinary landscapes, seascapes etc towards fantasy and surrealism. She is influenced by the illustrative talents of Arthur Rackam (especially his fairies and trees), the romanticism of the pre-Raphaelites, and the surrealism of artists such as Magritte and Dali.
She uses “Cryla” artist quality acrylic paint, as it is quick drying. To create unusual textures imitating bark, wings, foam and lace etc she uses a palette knife. Its versatility however also enables her to use layers of thin washes for smooth areas such as skin, to build up luminosity. Using a very small brush (000) she finishes off the fine detail. She paints on canvas or Masonite.
Much of the inspiration for her mystical images comes from her close observation of nature and her interest in its preservation, a subject very close to her heart. Though she often strives to impart a message in her work she also hopes to inspire in her audience a personal journey into the magical world of their own imagination.
As with most artists Jo is often asked, “where do you get your ideas?” the answer is … “from anywhere and everywhere”. Jo is never short of inspiration; in fact she feels it is a race against time to produce all the images that she has conceived. Another frequently asked question is “how long does it take to paint one of your pieces?” the answer is… “a life time”, because she has painted since she was a child and the work has evolved and matured until the current image is created. Each painting actually take on average two – four weeks depending on size and subject.
Her work can now be found all over the world in many different forms including, cards, stationery, puzzles, journals, bookplates, back-to-school products, mugs, needle point kits and posters, as well as Limited edition prints.
ARTV Awards “Painting is more than a career to me!” she says, “it is an all consuming obsession and love of colour and form, in fact if I am away from my easel for too long, I become restless and anxious to paint again". It would seem that in these troubled days and the high pressure of life in general, more people than ever are seeking the escapism of fantasy and surrealism.
In addition to an annual London exhibition held by the Society for Art of the Imagination to which Jo belongs, her work can be found in galleries all over the south of England, but most of her success is in the U.S.A. Next spring a book is to be published titled “The Fantasy World of Josephine Wall”, containing much more information and over 100 images, some of which have never been seen.

Josephine Wall
July 2005
Review a selection of images by Josephine Wall

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