Still: National Still Life Award 2019 Finalist

Im proud to let you know that my work Still life - Lost works 2018 137 x 128 cm oil on canvas has been selected top be included in the final works to be exhibited in this years Still: National Still Life Award.

Still life - Lost works… is a part of a large series and exhibition I created to retell the story of pre-war artist: Australia’s Kathleen O’Connor returning from Paris after the war to her home town was faced with paying excessive customs duty on two large boxes of her life’s work she was not in a position to pay the tax and  stormed off with her paintings throwing them into the harbour waters… (Kathleen O’Connor lived and worked Paris in from the early 1900s refer to the novel by Amanda Curtin Kathleen O’Connor of Paris

Still life - Losts works -Jo Darvall 2018-137 x 128 cm oil on vanvas.JPG

Announcement of Finalists

Still: National Still Life Award 2019

The shortlist has been revealed for Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s STILL: NATIONAL STILL LIFE AWARD 2019 with 56 artists selected from a record number of entries from all over Australia (750).

Selected artworks include sculpture, printmaking, installation, painting, ceramics, photography and video – highlighting the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice.

The winner will receive $30,000 prize money and the winning artwork joins the Gallery’s collection.

The judge for the 2019 award is the highly-respected Director of the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Rebecca Coates.  SAM is a regional gallery recognised for its significant collection of Australian ceramics and a growing collection of outstanding contemporary Australian art.

“Among the entries, ideas about memory, consumption and over-consumption, extinction, environmental degradation, masculinity and meaning in the mundane are refracted through the traditional still life themes of vanitas and memento mori. Some finalists experiment with realism, illusion and composition, playing with still life conventions, while others gently poke fun at the sometimes earnest genre,” Ms Fogarty added.

The Still exhibition opens on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September, and runs until Saturday 30th November 2019.

Still is the signature program of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery – an Australia-wide award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums, held every two years.

Bunbury Biennale 2019 "Goomba Boya"

Its a pleasure to be involved in the Biennale creating the work and visiting the site of the great rock Goomba Boya. If you travel down Sugar Loaf road in Yallingup Western Australia at the end of the road there is a huge rock. Its enchanting at times it looks like a wise owl Wardandi Cultural Custodian Isaac Web mentioned there is no cultural name for Sugar Loaf Rock but suggests we call it Goomba Boya. Sadly many stories have been lost due to colonisation. Accompanying this work is the stunning melancholy music "Salt"  inspired by Goomba Boya the Composer is  Rebecca Erin Smith ..Musicians: Madeleine Antoine (violin) and Setsu Masuda (piano). the artwork is on exhibition until 21st of July 2019 at Bunbury Regional Gallery in WA. For sales inquiries contact Caro Lunel Curator City of Bunbury Art Collection and Studio Gallery Yallingup.

see link Artist Talk photos below by Yevonne Doherty

Image of me in studio Sugar Loaf Rocks.jpg
Studio work in progress of Goomba Boya

Studio work in progress of Goomba Boya


Singapore 19-21 November 2018 Affordable Art Fair VIP

An enormous privilege… invited to exhibit for the second time Singapores oldest contemporary art gallery Artfoum… respected owner and director Marjorie Chu… has selected new work and will be exhibited with Singapores finest artists …if you are in Singapore.. would you like to be my guest at this VIP Opening please message me on FB or the contact via my website. VIP Opening Thursday 15th and Art Party on Friday 19th November Fi Pit Building Singapore.

Winged Realm, 2018, monotype collage on paper, 70 x 50 cm (sold)

Winged Realm, 2018, monotype collage on paper, 70 x 50 cm (sold)

Lotus Assemblage 2018 Jo Darvall 56 x 76 cm water colour acrylic paint, Arches water colour paper and rice paper (enquiries contact  Art Forum Singapore )

Lotus Assemblage 2018 Jo Darvall 56 x 76 cm water colour acrylic paint, Arches water colour paper and rice paper (enquiries contact Art Forum Singapore)

A journey into ways of water

Paintings of waterways or forested landscapes created in situ after field trips, highlight the artist’s use of strong verticals and bold pigments that in 2D mediums create powerful 3D images and evoke the raw beauty of the Western Australian countryside. Susan Herbert Like Water 2018

(Collected) Water Ways #2 2018

(Collected) Water Ways #2 2018


New works of Water Ways and stories of the past are on exhibition until the 27th of May at Mundaring Arts Centre and  in conjunction with the National Trust and the Heritage Festival free entry during the Festival.

Artbank Collection

Artbanks recent road tour to WA gave me the opportunity to present my practice to the Curators they selected Sugar Loaf Road to collect. Sugar Loaf Road was one of the artworks from my exhibition at Sagra Art Gallery in Melbourne last year titled Reckless Romantics opened by Dr Chris McAuliffe pictured below in front of the painting. It depicts an area inland of the Tuross River NSW probably the end of the Blue Mountains where my husbands father Peter Darvall has rudimentary rock huts near an old gold mining village called Utopia this area and its stories became the basis for the exhibition and my investigation in our passion for the mountainous Australian Bush.

Exhibition Dates extended Singapore

All that is Changing is an installation of new work featuring large scale 2D paintings. The work has been undertaken by Australian painter and print maker Jo Darvall, and the exhibition will feature collaborations with Singaporean ink painter Shih Yun Yeo. 

The exhibition is inspired by two key pre-war artists: Australia’s Kathleen O’Connor and Chinese-born Singaporean, Georgette Chen. An homage to their work, the exhibition reflects both their painting styles and their stories and legacies, evoked in paint.

The project will be the focus of Jo Darvall’s month-long invitational residency in Singapore in February 2017. During this time a number of art works will be created by Jo, along with collaborations with Yeo Shih Yun. The residency will be spent undertaking further research into the Singaporean artist Georgette Chen at the National Gallery Singapore, to establish any similarities that exist between her and her Western Australian contemporary, Kathleen O’Connor.

Both artists painted and exhibited in Paris in the 1930s, bucking the expectations of the time to forge careers in art between the wars. The exhibition seeks to illuminate the histories and contributions of these two artists. It will also reflect on our attitude to change and our preoccupation with the new. In the midst of a disposable culture and a fast-paced world, the exhibition seeks to interrogate our willingness to honour the bodies of work that have come before. Celebrating the two artists in one place (Singapore) is a gesture of cultural connection between Australia and its near neighbour.

The exhibition had been extended until the 27th of April 2017 at the Australian High Commission Singapore.






The Lotus - new works

JO DARVALL Australia     YEO SHIH YUN  Singapore

Opening night will see a live performance by concert pianist Setsu Masuda and classical guitarist Duncan Gardner– a blend of original composition drawn from Chens love of the lotus and an artists internal struggle finding solace in the act of painting, defining great artists of Singapore and Western Australia.


The inter-country collaboration is a homage to two artists who bucked expectations to work as artists in the early part of the 20th century. Australian Kathleen O’Connor and Chinese-born Singaporean Georgette Chen

Exhibtion to be opened by the High Commission, SingaporeFriday 3rd March  at 7pm 2017,Guest of honour, Marjorie Chu, Director, Art Forum (Opening 6-9pm)

new logos high com instinc Dca.jpg





JO DARVALL Australia       SHIH YUN YEO Singapore

To be opened by the High Commission, Singapore
Friday 3rd March 2017, 6 - 9pm
Guest of honour, Marjorie Chu, Director Art Forum    

Artist talk & curatorial conversations
Monday 6th March 2017, 12 - 1.30pm

Exhibition 4th - 30th March 2017
Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm

Australian High Commission, 25 Napier Rd, Singapore 258507    please bring Photo ID for entry

This exhibition seeks to illuminate the histories and contributions of these two artists who hailed from different worlds, yet bucked the expectations of the time to forge careers in art between the wars. It will also reflect on our attitude to change, and our preoccupation with the new, and what impact that has on our propensity to honour what has come before. 

The exhibition features a new body of work by Jo Darvall and Shi Yun Yeo. The collaboration will feature large scale 2D works, a soundscape and some video projection.

The artworks for the exhibition will be ephemeral in material. Large scale single acrylic painting will stretch for several metres across the sweeping wall, like a Chinese scroll. The works will feature the kinds of mark making and use of pigment observed in the work of both O’Connor and Chen.


Launch:Donnelly River Arts Residency 22 October

In 1909 two Wheatley brothers purchased a mill on the Donnelly River Western Australia operating until 1912 when the Bunnings bros took over during the post world war 2 building boom. The brothers created a community timber milling village... 35 workers cottages were built, Mill Club  (the first to allow women), boarding house, general store, butchers shop, school, sports oval and swimming dam. The Village now owned by a private a group have restored the area in its natural character will be launching the first Arts Residency Exhibition at EARLYWORK art gallery in Fremantle Western Australia 6-8 pm 22 October 2016 .

Residency Invited Artists 2016

Jacinda Bayne, Jon Challen, Jo Darvall, Jane Martin, George Haynes, Ken Wadrop

Exhibition:  22 October to 6 November 2016

Beastly Fairy Tales - Reckless Romantics

On a recent search I found Eugene Von Guerard's engraving 1865 which has a remarkable similar feel to my new work Beastly Fairy Tales 1 -5  pictured below No 5 "And the beasts from the wild will be led by a Child" 2016 the works can be viewed at Sagra Art Gallery Malvern until July 30th 2016.

DARVALL-5 Beastly Fairy Tales  %22And The Beasts from the Wild will be led by Child%22.jpg

Art Book Collected by the Victorian State Library

"The Rose  the Butterfly the Bee and the Moth" self -published book has been collected by the Victorian State Library Rare Books ! Designed by Fremantle designer Kim Vu Salamosen , photography Eva Fernandez and printed here locally on recycled paper. It was really important that we could ride our bikes to where ever we needed to source materials in order to have the book made here in Fremantle WA. We wanted to leave the smallest foot print in the making and production of it we also wanted to work with people we liked and had a laugh with... enjoying the whole process. Jane Harrison the author is an award winning indigenous writer her fable that drops its delicate petal has has given all of us working on the project the conviction of beauty and simplicity to pursue this unique project. Mimi Duo Setsu Masuda and Duncan Gardner have extended the visual experience into a musical score. 

To buy a book and or CDs they are available at my exhibition Reckless Romantics at Sagra Art Gallery in Malvern - Melbourne and here in WA at the Fremantle Art Centres Gallery book shop and also in New Editions Book Shop WA. There is a limited edition of 260.