Jo Gallagher lives in the small King Country settlement of Piopio. The region's landscapes, plants and birds and people provide inspiration for her work.
My painting over the past ten years has covered many aspects of my surroundings, for example the local landscape, plants and birds, animals, farm activities. More recently however I have begun to add another layer of interest into my compositions – that of humour! Just as I believe the need to be receptive to change, the time feels right to consider how additional layers of meaning can add visual depth and awareness and move my practice ahead. The characters I feel best able to represent, the fun there is to be had with language, symbolism and entrenched beliefs are all present in my most recent body of painting.
- Jo Gallagher