cambridge contemporary art

Jo Tunmer

Jo is a visual artist who grew up in London and thrives on the anonymity and comparative privacy that living in a city offers.

In response to her urban surroundings Jo creates hand-pulled solarplate etchings that often focus on a transitory solitary figure. These figures are often lost in their thoughts while observing their own sense of place within the city.

In comparison, Jo’s oil paintings express a romantic, utopian notion of the land. The landscapes are often quiet and devoid of modernity and people. The paintings allow the viewers to reflect, and ultimately accept moments of personal solitude.

Jo’s aim is to encourage those who see her work to look for the unexpected. They might discover text incorporated within a print, or be left intrigued by her use of blended colour which can leave the viewer wondering what lies beyond what is immediately visible.

Jo is captivated by process - either by the layering of oil paint on canvas or by ink and paper through printmaking. Jo's print work focuses on relief solarplate printing. The process of working with this particular printing method fascinates Jo and the results are vibrant and intriguing. Jo’s relief solarplate etchings, in varied editions are unique original hand-pulled prints. Chine Collé, silver or gold leaf or watercolor pencils are often added after the print has been pulled on her hand-built press set within her Cambridge studio.

Originally trained in Furnishing Textiles and Interior Design, in London Jo pursued an alternative career before returning to the arts. Returning from living in the USA for several years Jo embarked on further studies in advanced printmaking at the Curwen Print Study Centre. In 2018 Jo recently extended her studies even further and completed an MA in Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, with Distinction.

Alongside her art practice Jo is an Artist Facilitator at Kettle's Yard and works with children in a school or private workshop environment. She acts as a mentor to teenagers studying for GCSE and A level art exams and new artists embarking on their own artistic careers. Jo also occasionally runs corporate and private workshops and individual bespoke oil painting lessons. During the last ten years she has curated and founded exhibitions for other artists - she is one of the three co-founders of the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale.

Jo is in demand for commissioned work. For example, many oil paintings and original etchings can be found within Addenbrooke's Hospital. Private works are owned throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, Southern India, Mexico, the Middle East, France and throughout Europe.

Jo's Cambridge Walkabout original solarplate etchings can be found exclusively at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

Click here to see Jo’s oil paintings from her solo show 11 May until 2 June 2019 .

Go to our Printmaking Techniques page for more information on how these prints are created

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £65 - £135.


Another Day at the Office ed9

solar plate etching

47 x 57 cm

sold

A Shadow of Kings ed15

solar plate etching

57 x 67cm

£298 framed

Determination ed1

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm

£298 framed

Power House ed7

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm

£298 framed

Out of The Picture ed14

solar plate etching

47 x 57 cm

Silent Study ed19

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm

Bustle on the Cam ed5

solar plate etching

47 x 57 cm

sold

Seize the Day ed6

solar plate etching

57 x 67cm

£298 framed

Passing Time ed19

solar plate etching

47 x 57cm

sold

Under Examination ed1

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm

£298 framed

Walking on Christs ed14

solar plate etching

47 x 57 cm

Diversity ed1

solar plate etching

57 x 67cm

Guarding Tradition ed1

solar plate etching

57cm x 67cm

£298 framed

Grassy Bank ed1

solar plate etching

57 x 67cm

sold

Formation ed1   solar plate etching   57 x 67 cm  £298 framed

Formation ed1

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm

£298 framed

Strength in Numbers ed12

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm

sold

Sighs of Cambridge ed19

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm

sold

Decorum ed1

solar plate etching

57 x 67 cm


A Shadow of Kings ed3

solar plate etching

Another Day at the Office ed6

solar plate etching

Resting ed12   solar plate etching

Through the Arched Window ed8

solar plate etching


Art of Learning ed13

solar plate etching

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Out of the Picture ed10

solar plate etching

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In Line ed2

solar plate etching

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Resting ed1

solar plate etching

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Through the Arched Window ed6

solar plate etching

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Walking on Christ's ed14

solar plate etching

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In Motion ed 1/25   solar plate etching   SOLD

In Motion ed 1/25

solar plate etching

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Art of Learning ed18

solar plate etching

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Out of the Picture ed12

solar plate etching

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In Line ed8

solar plate etching

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Silent Study ed16

solar plate etching

SOLD

Power House ed5

solar plate etching

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A Shadow of Kings ed4

solar plate etching

SOLD

Sighing in Cambridge ed21

solar plate etching

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Art of Learning ed20

solar plate etching

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Out of the Picture ed13

solar plate etching

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Patience ed8

solar plate etching

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Silent Study ed9

solar plate etching

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Back Street Kings ed10

solar plate etching

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Passing Time ed16

solar plate etching

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Tilt ed15

solar plate etching

SOLD