Johanna Melvin was born in Limehouse, east London and has her studio in Walthamstow where she lives with her musician husband, Rod. Having worked for many years as an illustrator, Jo studied painting and printmaking at Sir John Cass Faculty of Fine Art where she gained a BA Hons (Fine Art) and was short-listed for the Royal College of Art post-graduate programme in 1998.
From 2006 –15 Jo held the post of Editions Manager at the Whitechapel Gallery, working with leading contemporary artists, printmakers and curators to develop a programme of limited edition prints as fund-raisers for the Gallery. Throughout this time Jo continued to make her own work, exhibiting five times at The Royal Academy of Art, Flowers Gallery and The Contemporary Art Society among others.
In 2015 Jo returned to her studio practice more fully, also participating on the Turps Banana Painting Correspondence Course. Turps Banana is an alternative art school dedicated to painting that was set up by Marcus Harvey and Peter Ashton Jones in 2012. Jo's post graduate studies continued with The Bigger Picture, a year long course run by Bob and Roberta Smith RA, OBE at the Essential School of Painting in Bethnal Green, London. Jo now works part-time as co-tutor on this course and also combines her studio practice with consultancy work, assisting non-profit galleries with limited editions production and sales.
Her work is held in several private and public collections, including the Whitechapel Gallery Archives and The Groucho Club Collection.