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About Jo Aylward

Jo Aylward

I am a painter and screenprinter in rural Kent...

I have been drawing and painting my whole life, but got particularly serious about it in my mid-teens. That took me to a fine art degree at Bretton Hall in West Yorkshire. There, really, the landscape of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was a huge inspiration. Since then my work, whether still life or landscape, has focused around the shapes and textures of the natural world. I'm particularly drawn to birds and hedgerow, and I'm also interested in the often jarring tension between the nostalgia of the pastoral scene and the human imposition on the landscape. Kent isn't where my heart is but it's currently where my home is, where my garden studio provides a quiet space, and walking the dog in the fields round about furnishes much of my subject matter.