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In Memory of Jo Brocklehurst

Great Artist, Wonderful neighbour & Friend

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Three images sent by Teryn Bonime of Portlan Oregon

"In the very early 80's I traveled to London for my first time. I saw punk rockers on the street that I'd never seen before. I purchased 3 posters of Jo's advertising a showing at a New York exhibit in July 1981  'London Ladies'.  I bought them in a little shop in Covent Garden.

I would have liked to have met her, to have known more about her work.  
She was incredibly talented and so far ahead of her time."

"Blue London Lady"

"Redhead London Lady"

"Two London Ladies"

Jo Brocklehurst worked as a fashion illustrator early in her career, though she disliked being described as an "illustrator," preferring the terms painter or draughtsperson. During the 1960's she sketched jazz musicians, including George Melly, though her work was not widely recognized until the 1970's and 1980's.

Brocklehurst traveled widely in Europe and the United States, making extended stays in Paris, Rome and New York. She frequently drew on site in dim nightclubs, where she captured images of artists, disc jockeys and the clientele of exotic clubs in London and Berlin.

A year after Brocklehurst was featured in her first solo exhibition in Amsterdam 1979, she made a major breakthrough at the Institute of Contemporary Art exhibition "Women's Images of Men." Her work soon became widely recognized in the United States and Europe, and was compared by more than one critic to the work of Austrian artist Egon Schiele.

In 1982, she did a series of paintings of "Barbie".

"Barbie Doll"

"Jo Brocklehurst Fashion"

"Leopard Skin"

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