Jo Darbyshire is an established Western Australian visual artist.
She completed a Post-Graduate Diploma of Art at Canberra School of Art, ACT, in 1991 and a Master of Creative Arts in Cultural Heritage, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA in 2004.
She exhibits regularly in solo exhibitions, most recently a 3-month exhibition Yield at Bankwest Gallery in Perth CBD. She won the Bayswater Art Award and was a finalist in the Albany Art Award and the Bankwest Art Award in 2013 and is currently exhibiting in a group exhibition at the Fremantle Art Centre; Horizon: Exploring the West Coast with the Clipperton Project (until Jan 29).
Jo has an established and successful Public Art profile. She has created large-scale internal Digiglass walls as artwork for the Rehabilitation Building, Fiona Stanley Hospital WA (2010-13) and is currently working on a commission to produce an18 m long painting and Digiglass artworks in collaboration with Rick Vermey for the new Supreme Court (Civil) Building in Perth CBD (2014-16).
Her abstract paintings reference the social and environmental history of places, but also aim to suggest their sensory and poetic nature. These particular paintings were inspired by a residency in Ireland. Jo tried to capture the restrained palette and glowing light of Irish the landscape.
Her artwork is held in all major public institutions in WA, private collections nationally and internationally.