About Jo Beer
I am artist based in Cornwall, UK. I was taught Art at A ‘level’ by Newlyn School artist Vincent
Wilson and my work has self developed since.
My work is predominantly figurative. The wonderful thing about people is that there is no such
thing as an 'ordinary' person... everyone is extraordinary in their own way. I love the quirks and
details that make someone stand out from the next person. I love detail, be it fabrics, patterns,
or styles, folds, creases, skin tones .
I paint with oils; they have a wonderful silky fluidity that suits my work. I like to use fairly broad
brush strokes and keep areas of tone defined rather than blended – it seems more descriptive,
fresh and expressive.
I have twice featured in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, with one of my images (not pretty but
pretty honest) being selected to appear over and over again in a huge installation of a portrait of
The Mona Lisa on Clapham Common, London . In my second appearance on the show the actor
Parminder Nagra choose to take my portrait home with her.
I have exhibited extensively in the Southwest both with solo exhibitions and as part of collectives and I have
sold work to collectors all over the world. As well as producing my own work to sell I regularly paint private
commissions, and am always very pleased to discuss requests and ideas.
2022 Pride Saatchiart, Digital exhibition William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn
2021"Comtemporary Collective" Plymouth, UK
2021 "Four Kandles" Harbour House, Kingsbridge, UK
2020 "Into The Light" Plymouth, UK
2019 "On The Face Of It" solo show Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK
2018 Atelier an der Donau, Ybbs, Austria...residency
2018 "Future Pathways" Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth, UK
2018 "Celebrate Life" Harbour House, Kingsbridge, UK
2017 "String of Theories" Cube 3 Gallery, UK
2016 Featured in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of The Year - painted Nagra Parminder
2016 "Fleshy" solo exhibition, Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK.
2016 "Forms of Consciousness" Cube3 Gallery, Devon.
2015 "Unconscious Dialogue" Cube3 Gallery, Plymouth.
2015 "Portraiture" juried exhibition, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2014 "Plymouth Adorned" solo exhibition, Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK
2013 Featured in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of The Year - painted Sue Tilly
2013 "In Bloom" Redearth Gallery, Devon, UK
2013 The Saltash Ferryman. Jo was part of the team that created a Heritage Lottery Funded public sculpture to conserve the history of the ferry that crossed the Tamar River at Saltash for over 900 years.
2013 "Versions Of You" Milk No Sugar, Brighton Fringe Festival, UK
2013 Trerise Gallery, Plymouth, UK
2012 Trerise Gallery Open Art Competition, Plymouth, UK - Jo takes first prize with "Slice of Phoebe" portrait
2012 Ashtorre Rock, Saltash, UK
2011 Saltash Library, Cornwall, UK
2009 "Artstyle" Cotehele House, Cornwall, UK
2008 "Drawn To The Valley" group exhibition, Mount Edgecumbe, Cornwall, UK
2008 Open Art Show, Upton Cross, Cornwall, UK
2008 Saltash Library Gallery, UK
2005 Open Art Competition, Stuart House, Liskeard, UK
1999 Open Art Competition, Liskeard Town Hall, UK
1994 "Portraits" Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK