Jo-Ann Boback is an abstract artist and an interior designer, painting and residing in Reading, Ma.
She is primarily a self-taught artist with the exception of various classes in drawing, still life and sumi calligraphy. Her love for modern European design and the Masters of Modern Art has transcended to the art she produces today.
Jo-Ann exhibits her work at Colo Colo Gallery, New Bedford, Ma, and Galatea Fine Art, Boston, Ma. She has exhibited in many solo and group shows and various other group exhibitions both juried and non-juried. In 2015, and 2017 her work was chosen to part of an international digital presentation of juried works for “Art Venice Biennale 3 and Biennale lV Selected Work” in Venice, Italy.
In 2017, she became a member of The Corporate Loan Program, at deCordova Sculpture and Museum, and proudly has eight corporations enjoying her art. Collected and commissioned work can be seen in homes in the Boston, Suburban Boston, and New Jersey areas.
Her work has caught the attention of various media outlets, and in April 2015; – “Presence and Absence” at Colo Colo Gallery was reviewed in Artscope Magazine.
She draws inspiration from the raw beauty in nature, music of many genres, extensive travels, color, the legends of the abstract expressionist period, and many of today’s contemporary parallels.
The artist’s approach to the canvas is to explore the space, through the immediacy of light and dark. Beginning with charcoal setting the groundwork, sort of breaking the ice in the relationship. Sweeps and strokes of color, drips and blots are combined with graphite sketching and or writing, sometimes revealing a recognizable influence.
She best explained what compels her passion in her art in a book for one of her recent shows: “Through the inspiration of the postwar artists I face my own limitations and barriers; as well as my creative skills".
The desire to overcome one’s limitations is only magnified by the time spent doing it. Style develops from your inner self as it relates to your life and I am constantly digging deeper.