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Joanna Constable-Green was born in Nanyuki, Kenya and studied at Central Martins UAL 1986-7, and Cheltenham School of Fine Art, 1988-91 obtaining a 1st class (BA Hons) degree in Art and Art History. She lives and works between her home and studio in north London and Lassay-les-Chateaux in the Mayenne department in north-western France.
Joanna is a direct descendent of landscape painter John Constable and grew up in an artistic bohemian household. Until the age of 5, she lived in Zambia. She then moved to London with her mother and it was here and from a young age, that she was introduced to art through constant visits to galleries and museums. During her growing-up years, she was strongly drawn to the work of Bonnard, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Mary Fedden RA, and remains strongly influenced by their works now, along with her famous ancestor, Constable. She was credited in 1991 by The Sunday Times “Tipped for the Top” (head hunted as the only degree student from Cheltenham) in conjunction with “The New Generation” exhibition curated by London advertising guru John Simmons and Malcolm McLaren. The exhibition was held at Bonhams Auctioneers in Knightsbridge.
She began her artistic career as head specialist painter at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire - The work involved creating fine artwork on selected castle furniture. Whilst bringing up her children, she continued to develop her own practice and within the last few years has been in a position to immerse herself full-time in her painting practice and when not in her studio, travels to Britain’s coastal regions, especially Cornwall, which has inspired many of her recent landscape paintings. Recently she has broadened her use of materials, such as metallic leaf and oil paint mixed together, to radiate light within her compositions. Her paintings are often naive in style, colourful, with an allegorical narrative.
Her work is held in many private collections and has been exhibited through her former now retired agent, Lena Boyle, in the UK and internationally.