Joe Hesketh, a born and bred Lancastrian, is at the forefront of the British avant-garde art scene. Her work has been compared to Francis Bacon, Paula Rego and Willem de Kooning in style and quality, and is very much unique in its subject matter and interpretation of life as a young woman in 21st century Britain.
In 2011, with the Arts Council of Great Britain’s support, Joe embarked on a series of paintings commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials in Lancashire. She produced six extraordinary depictions of the hysteria of the moment dancing between 17th and 21st century politics, her work is relevant, edgy and disturbing.
Following up the critical success of ‘A Pendle Investigation’ shown at The Newman St Gallery, London, Hesketh painted a series of work depicting the life and poetry of Sylvia Plath.
An active member of the renowned Chelsea Arts Club, Joe was asked to exhibit her work there in a major solo show in 2014, which led to another solo exhibition in the Chart Gallery on Old Church Street in Chelsea in 2015.
“Joe Hesketh is obviously a character and it shows in her large and brazenly sensuous paintings… Hesketh gives oils the translucent resonance of watercolours… this alone invests her improvisations with the heady dizziness of highly ambivalent dreams. You’re never quite sure whether what’s going on is a matter of fun or fear.”
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