Joan Doerr: Views from a Sanctuary

8 May - 2 June 2021

&Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Views from a Sanctuary. This is Joan Doerr’s first solo show with the &Gallery in Edinburgh and features a new body of work painted during the past year.
“Abstraction is a reflection of one’s emotions, of how one sees the world”
Influenced by artists such as Cy Twombly and Prunella Clough, her work is characterised by gestural brushstrokes, mark making and spontaneity.
Joan’s bold, expressive paintings are inspired by the shapes, textures and colours observed in the everyday and derived from her immediate surroundings. She works intuitively and instinctively, often applying and removing layers of paint and drawing; sometimes splattering, sometimes carefully reapplying the paint, and continuing the whole process until she is satisfied with their depth and atmosphere. 
Joan was born in Glasgow. Her home studio is in Edinburgh’s West End. Joan has exhibited widely across the UK, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London in 2014, 2016 and 2017.