Joan Roche studied at the Royal Academy to set the foundations of her practice as an image maker working with drawing, print and painting. Observational research forms the starting point of Roche's exploration into the material and formal processes of creating images and developing surfaces. Roche continues to maintain a strong connection with the Royal Academy Schools.
Roche's practice is situated within the experiential and engaged with figurative and landscape subjects. Observation and perception are central into research to capture the atmospheres and dynamics of mood and energy experienced. Whether it is the body within an interior, or the elements playing out in the landscape, the qualities of light and movement become a lengthy endeavour to find form. Painterly experimentation into glazes of oil paint, pigment and varnishes create highly worked surfaces over time, to produce images that waiver between representation and abstraction.
Grenada Arts Council Inc
7 Young St, Gallery
Joan organised and ran three hour drawing workshops weekly which were aimed at young students and supported in part by a subvention from the government of Grenada through the Ministery of Education.
Her Grenadian paintings were exhibited at the gallery in a mixed show.
Title: Verdome. 40 x 100cm
Medium: Oil on canvas.
A small village in the mountains.
An exhibition of painting & sculpture from the Royal Academy Schools Alumni Association (RASAA) of London
At the Modigliani Centre, Florence
Title: Hexagonal shapes grouped like a cellular structure. 58 x 80cm
Medium: Acrylic on handmade paper.
Examines the effect of light refraction in water on the hexagonal shapes of partially submerged wire netting, recording the distortion and break up of the image.
Elements Art Gallery
Title: Alhambra Series. 110 x 103cm
Medium: Oil paint on canvas and various varnishes.
The painting draws upon the luxurious attention to detail taken from the metal lattice work to evoke the atmosphere and richness of Turkish interiors.
Xross-PolyNation Xcrossing Nation with Art. New Delhi
Support of the British High Commission office in New Delhi
Title: Blitz of dazzling light. 110 x 103cm
Medium: Acrylic on thick hand made paper.
The image features sharp sunlight bouncing off the surface of the water, creating a spiralling effect.
A Quality of Light
54 The Gallery, Shepard Market, Mayfair, London
Six painters met in Tuscany at Verrocchio Arts Centre to paint from the surrounding landscape. The following year all works were exhibited at 54 The Gallery
Title: View of Casole D’Elsa. 20 x 18cm
Medium: Pre-prepared oil based surface paper and drawing with highlighters and permanent markers.
The Women’s City Exhibition
At the Royal College of Art. London
Title: Figure within an interior. 70 x 70cm
Medium: Oil on Board.
Millinery & Art
59 Kings Road,
St Leonards on Sea
Title: Herichun, Echinoidea sea urchin. 30 x 30cm
Medium: Sealed chalk pastel on canvas.
5 Marine Court St, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 0HX
20th Century to Contemporary art, design, illustration, jewellery and gifts.
Title: Passage through an inkwell 90 x 120cm
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Joan’s paintings are available for purchase from the Burton Gallery.
Royal Academy Summer Show (multiple entries)
Lincolnshire & Humberside Art. Travel Exhibition
Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London
Gallery 47, London W1 Solo Exhibition
Irish Nepalese Educational Trust Annual Exhibition
Royal Academy Schools Alumni Exhibition
Royal Overseas League (multiple entries)
Burlington Fine Art, Piccadilly
Ash Barn Gallery, Petersfield
Society for Art of Imagination
Laing Art Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Spirit of London Art Exhibition
Australia - Solo Exhibition & several group shows
David Murray Travel Scholarship
Royal Overseas League
Landseer Landscape Priz
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