Joanna Gambotto is a Sydney-based artist whose paintings of everyday familiarities evokes memories of the home with playfulness and vibrancy. Encapsulating the fine line between reality and fantasy, Gambotto’s series of vividly layered works contain various fragmented elements of places visited.
Gambotto contorts our perception through inversion, layering, unfolding and fragmenting the objects we have come to know. This fresh twist on still life allows a liveliness in the memories of the home, personalising ornaments of life. Memories of Gambotto’s process are embedded in the canvas, with the techniques of painting, scraping and carving resulting in rich textures. “The laborious process of adding paint, scraping and carving results in a sensuous surface, rich in texture, pattern and layers and becomes a metaphor of how a place can be filled with emotions, memories and history.”
Joanna Gambotto completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the National Art School in Sydney. She has been a finalist in numerous art competitions including Paddington Art Prize 2021, Nude Art Prize 2021, Dobell Prize for Drawing 2021, Calleen Art Award 2020 and JADA 2020. She has been the winner of various art prizes including the Dobell Drawing Prize - Peoples Choice, the Hornsby Art Prize and the Northbridge Art Prize.