Joanne Morris is an Australian artist who is best known for her ultra-realistic charcoal portraits. Her unique technique involves using charcoal, along with pencils and dry brushes, which she individually makes by hand, to create works on both paper and canvas. The result is this stunning selection of precision pieces, which are hauntingly beautiful.Her remarkable ability to capture raw beauty whilst employing photo-realistic imagery is truly breathtaking, encapsulating her passion for art in every piece.
Joanne is originally from Melbourne, where she completed her formal studies in art. She travelled extensively abroad practising her art and finding inspiration before moving to London for five years, where she successfully sold her work in Covent Garden. Her style then gained even more popularity when to enhance her experience, she moved to Tokyo for four years. The Japanese embraced her skill and were greatly impressed by her distinctive talent. This resulted in numerous commissions, which lead to the broadening of her style.
Joanne then returned to Melbourne and in 2011 began exhibiting in Australia, firstly at The Melbourne Art Fair, where she had a sell out exhibition. However her most illustrious achievement for 2011 was in Perth, at The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture where she was shown as a finalist and won The Peoples Choice Award.
Joanne currently works from her studio in the iconic Nicolas Building, where a thriving community of over 200 artists and artisans all have studios in centre Melbourne's CBD. And it is here in this unique creative atmosphere, that she continues to fashion her distinctive charcoal works for exhibitions, together with pieces commissioned by private collectors.