Johanna Melvin’s paintings are built through a finely layered process of decision-making about colour relationship, spatial composition and consistency of paint, negotiating a finely-spun balance between the incidental and intentional.
A starting point or inspiration for this process might be found in architectural drawings, a window, an open door or a shadow cast along a wall. Other kinds of fleeting visual sensation informing the work and its preoccupation with the painterly and sometimes cursive, might be the incidental brush-marks found on a whitewashed window, urban wall-scribble or found colour relationships that excite the eye.
A more recent development in Jo's practice is the reference to landscape, or more specifically - city-scapes and a sense of conurbation which now emerges like the sighting of land after a very long sea-journey. This indicates a new and challenging direction in the work, whereby an initial preoccupation with the simplicity of layering, colour, form and rhythm, seems to now lead to inhabiting a space somewhere between abstract simplicity and the more literally 'concrete’.