My recent paintings could be described as invented landscapes with a psychological element. These paintings try to evoke the memory of a place whilst at the same time, having evolved through making processes that are not preplanned or prescriptive, are images that can visually function in a self-contained way, with a kind of inner life of their own. The paintings occupy a kind of hinterland between abstraction, where the brushstrokes are non-referential, and figuration, where the spaces depicted allude and relate to landscape, without being overtly descriptive.
Joe Packer studied at Norwich School of art (BA Fine Art 1992), and the Royal College of Art (MA Fine Art 1994). He has exhibited his work widely including having work selected for the Celeste Art Prize and the John Moores Painting Prize. Joe was also the winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018.