Jo Self

b. 1956

Jo Self grew up on a rural housing estate in Hertfordshire.  Before becoming an artist she worked in various jobs including as a croupier at the Playboy Club.  She lodged with Ian Board of the Colony Room Club in Soho where she met the artist Francis Bacon, the writer Elizabeth Smart and the writer and journalist Jonathan Self to whom she was briefly married.  After the birth of her first child she studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Chelsea College of Art & Design.  In 2001 Self became the first Artist in Residence at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  In 2004 and 2005 she was granted special permission to paint in the private garden of HH The 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. The resulting body of work was exhibited at the Redfern Gallery in December 2005. 'Jo Self says that her flowers are “initially created in my mind’s eye. I see them with my inner eye…” They are visions of vision, both responses to the real presence of flowers, taking note of their forms, and a form of meditation.' extract from That Inward Eye by A S Byatt, 2005 

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