Jo Fraser is a figure painter and portrait artist from Edinburgh, now based in London. Jo’s work has always been largely driven by the ‘physicality and malleability of paint and mark making’, but is also underpinned by the draughtsmanship of academic aesthetic. Jo was the 2011 winner of the BP Portrait Travel Award and £5000 bursary, and also exhibited a large-scale portrait depicting Peruvian weavers in the 2012 BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Jo is a valued John Jones artist surfaces client, and we are delighted to produce the museum level supports for her portraiture. The artist utilises cotton duck canvas fabric throughout her painting work. This fabric has a medium weight of 12oz, and is ideal as an economical material which provides a smooth and even weave surface for paint application. John Jones technicians regularly pre-stretch this canvas fabric onto our kiln-dried tulip wood stretcher bars for the artist. Tulip wood is strong and durable, and if stored correctly will resist long-term warping which can occur in cheaper mass-produced stretcher bars. Selecting these archival art materials will protect and preserve Jo’s paintings for years to come, ensuring they remain in pristine condition throughout their lifetime on display.
‘I have used supports from John Jones now for a few years because of their level of professional respect, dexterity and quality of product and service.’ Jo Fraser