Artist Jo Gray

Jo, an award-winning artist and British Art Prize finalist, has exhibited and sold her captivating artwork at prestigious venues including the Mall Galleries. She has participated in esteemed events such as the London Art Biennale, held on the Kings Road in Chelsea. Jo received the Princess Michael of Kent Award at the 163rd Society of Women Artists exhibition and is represented by George Thornton Art.

Jo is a Nottingham-based artist with a creative journey that has taken a contemporary twist, focusing on the captivating world of animal portraits. She studied graphic design, specializing in illustration, at the prestigious Central Saint Martins. Jo embarked on her art career as a mural artist, creating artwork for theme parks and sports centres, as well as private commissions.

Despite her success as a muralist, Jo’s true passion remained in her love for animals. This, combined with her passion for fine art, has led to her more recent work, which focuses on creating lifelike animal portraits set against colourful, vibrant surroundings. Jo works in acrylics, using layers of paint and glazes to create depth of fur.

In addition to her contemporary paintings with vivid and distinctive settings, Jo also creates other artworks featuring more subdued and neutral environments. This diverse approach allows her to showcase her subjects in various contexts, whether it’s against lively, eye-catching backgrounds or more understated and simple settings. Jo’s ability to capture the essence and personality of her subjects within various backdrops demonstrates her skill and innovation in the field of animal portraiture.



Animal Portraits


Group Exhibitions


2024 TALP Open Exhibition, Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham

2024 The society of Women Artists 163rd Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2024 Association of Animal Artists first online exhibition, Online

2024 Chelsea Art Society 75th Annual Exhibition, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London

2024 The British Art Prize, OXO Gallery, London

2023 London Art Biennale, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London

2023 Royal Society of British Artists Bicentennial Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

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