2016    17 September - 2 October             Open Studios, Somerset Art WorksJo Saurin

My paintings are about specific places and experiences and unconscious thought. Recent work references specific Renaissance paintings that I know very well from teaching History of Art for many years.  Some work starts with paintings produced whilst physically moving (by car, boat or on foot) using a portable drawing board and long scrolls of paper.  This process reduces my ability to select consciously and encourages rapid responses in spontaneously chosen colour. Paintings are developed from these beginnings, and grow as conscious structures, thus connecting intuitive with rational states of mind. They are deliberately enigmatic.  I also work with music and sound, and use mixed media on canvas and pywood as well as paper.

I was born in Aberdeen, Scotland; emigrated to Australia in 1971; moved to Italy in 1991; and returned to the UK in 1996.



2012 MFA (painting) Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University

1985 MA, History of 16th Century European Architecture, Courtauld Institute, London

1982, BA  History of Art, 1st class honours, Sydney University


1988 Italian Government scholarship for post graduate research in Italy

1983 Australian Government scholarship to research MA




Solo Exhibitions


2015             'Dissolving Boundaries', Art Bermondsey, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW

2015             'Limb', at 44AD Artspace, Bath 


Recent Group Exhibitions

2017           'Accent', 44AD Artspace, Bath

2016           Bath Open Art Prize, Fringe Arts Bath

2016           Waiting Room, 44AD, Bath

2014 'It Was Amazing', 44AD Artspace, Fringe Arts Bath
2014 'Recollection', Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
2013 'Beyond Memory', Fringe Arts Bath, Bath
2013 'On the Edge', Eype Chapel Gallery,Dorset
2013 Encounters: Wessex Contemporary Artists meet Dorset County Museum, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
2013 A Place of Departure, 44AD artspace, Bath
2013 MA AD, MFA Graduates 6 Months On, Walcot Chapel, Bath
2013 H2O, 44AD artspace, Bath
2012 Please do not bang or open the cages, 44AD artspace, Bath
2012 MFA Graduation exhibition , Bath School of Art and Design
2011 Places and Spaces ,Town Mill, Lyme Regis, Dorset
2011 Journey , Salisbury Library
2010 Lookout , Portland Arts Centre, Dorset
2009 Pinpointing Portland , Salisbury Library
2009 Courtauld Artists ,The Arts Club, Dover St, London
2008 Pinpointing Portland , Rooke Lane Chapel, Frome
2008 WESCA group show , Slade Centre, Gillingham
2008 In Disguise , Slade Centre, Gillingham
2008 Summer Exhibition , Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset
2007 Senses , Walford Mill
2006 Senses , Sherborne House
2005 MaleFemale , Sherborne House
2004 Visual Chemistry , Sherborne House