Resting in-between representation and abstraction, my paintings aim to encapsulate the fine line between reality and fantasy, contorting the viewer’s perception through inversion, layering and fragmenting. Every painting is built up from memories and sketches of places visited. The laborious process of adding paint, scraping and carving results in a sensuous surface, rich in texture, pattern and layers and becomes a metaphor of how a place can be filled with emotions, memories and history.
Joanna Gambotto completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the National Art School in Sydney in 2013. She’s been a finalist in numerous art competitions, most recent ones being: Paddington Art Prize 2021, Naked & Nude Art Prize 2021, Dobell Prize for Drawing 2021, Calleen Art Award 2020 and JADA 2020. She has been the winner of various art prizes including the Dobell Drawing Prize – Peoples’ Choice, the Hornsby Art Prize and the Northbridge Art Prize.