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b. 1962, New Zealand

Joanna Braithwaite Biography

Joanna Braithwaite’s surreal description of hybrid animals, human and insects have established her reputation as an artist concerned with humanity’s relationship with the natural world, evolution and science and the nature of authority and power. Braithwaite was born in the United Kingdom and came to settle in New Zealand in 1965.

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She graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand in 1984 and achieved prominence in the exhibition Here and Now – Twelve Young Canterbury Artists in 1988. In the 1990s she shared her time between Australia and New Zealand, completing post-graduate study at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney and residing there permanently from 1999.

Braithwaite grew up in a rural community and has maintained that underlying her practice remains a curiosity with the ambiguous and interdependent relationship between people and animals, with her painting frequently examining such issues in surreal and unsettling images.

Her work was the subject of a major survey exhibition curated by the Christchurch and Dunedin public art galleries in 2005, and was also included in The Year of the Bird, at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in New South Wales in 2008.

Braithwaite is represented in the collections of the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Fletcher Challenge Collection, Auckland as well as many other public and private collections.

Joanna Braithwaite Featured Artworks

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Ting a ling by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteTing a ling, 2020Oil on canvas
35 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Brassy by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteBrassy, 2020Oil on canvas
35 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Rhythm Section by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteRhythm Section, 2020Oil on canvas
35 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Solid Gold Hits by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteSolid Gold Hits, 2020Oil on canvas
35 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Hullabaloo by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteHullabaloo, 2020Oil on canvas
175 x 198 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Hubbub by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteHubbub, 2020Oil on canvas
175 x 198 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Hurly Burly by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteHurly Burly, 2020Oil on canvas
175 x 198 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Oom-pah by Joanna Braithwaite contemporary artwork painting
Joanna BraithwaiteOom-pah, 2020Oil on canvas
175 x 198 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire

Joanna Braithwaite Recent Exhibitions

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