28 September – 29 October 2023
Exhibition Opening Thursday 28 September 6-8pm
Opening introduction with Michaela Webb Thursday 28 September 6-8pm
Artist Talk and poetry performance with Yann Toussaint Sunday 1 October 2- 3:30 pm
Following Jo Darvall’s recent artist residency in Fiji in partnership with Lancaster Press, Fox Galleries presents Jo Darvall’s paintings, vessels and monoprints for her upcoming solo exhibition ‘Hydrosphere’. This series is emanating water; it is viscerally overflowing with a sense of life and hope in watery exclamations.
While joyous, this new series embodies a deeper sense of restorative forces. The relationships between the vessels and monoprints entice you into her watery offerings; wide shapes and rhythmic form cycles; she is not interested in the first glance.
Jo Darvall is recent winner of the Collie Art Prize and has established her career from the way in which she encounters her surroundings and brings narratives to people, places and things. She is often revisiting sites to engage with natural life cycles and subtle shifts in the environmental surroundings. This exhibition tends to our watery planet in deep affection.
Observing the hydrosphere through tranquil colours, Darvall explores the complexities of water in regulating the atmosphere through the aquatic bound lotus flower, which returns to murky water each evening, only to open its blooms again at the break of day, reborn. Darvall’s artwork appears to bloom anew each time you look.
Travelling to a small, difficult to reach Island, Darvall emphasises the importance of the traditionally crafted paper in this series- Masi. Due to the intensive, community based process, the elders of this community only provide paper to people who are aligned with their values & with good reason. Crafted by the small spindly bark from the mulberry tree, the plant based strips are soaked, dried, squashed and pressed durationally to form a single sheet.
Darvall’s monoprints, paintings and vessels hold a small stage for the hydrosphere, and will continue to offer attentiveness and a quiet place to reflect. In antiquities this ritual is referred to as Libation, an act that coincides with the launch of an artist book combining Darvall’s artwork with poetry written by Yann Toussaint, with words that beautifully augment this essence.
The limited edition 32-page handcrafted companion book will be available at the opening on 28 September.
J O D A R V A L L was born 1966 Yarram, Victoria. She lives and works in Fremantle Western Australia, and Lectures in Fine Arts University of Western Australia.
Jo Darvall has an engaging visual arts practice. An accomplished artist who specialises in oil painting, watercolour and printmaking. She is no foreigner to experimentation, painstakingly observing and researching her subject matter before using her broad technical prowess to elicit story.
E D U C A T I O N
1998 Bachelor of Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
Encaustic Mono Printing Art Students League of New York
S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S
2021 Winged Realm PG Gallery Melbourne
2021 Wandoo Linton and Kay Galleries, Western Australia
2020 Natures Marks, Studio Gallery, Western Australia
2019 Mooro Katta, PS Art Space, Fremantle Western Australia
2018 Jo Darvall, Nyisztor Studio, Western Australia
2018 Like Water, Mundaring Arts Centre and No 1. Pump Station, Mundaring Weir, National Trust Western Australia
2017 Raw Umber and Silk, Manet Museum, Beijing China
2017 All that is Changing, Australian High Commission, Singapore
2016 Reckless Romantics, Sagra Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Paris Bled into the Indian Ocean, Regional Public Art Gallery, Busselton, Western Australia
2015 Paris Bled into the Indian Ocean Merenda Contemporary, Western Australia
2014 Walking the Pipeline to the Waters End, Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Western Australia
2014 Sensorium the Unfurling, Sculpture Square, Singapore, Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Artist Residency City of Belmont, Western Australia