Jo Hummel - Land, 2019 (detail)

Jo Hummel / Joanne Hummel-Newell

Abstract Art

October 8, 2020

Jo Hummel is a British contemporary abstract artist who employs spontaneous variations of space, color, and form onto painted and paper collaged surfaces. These works blend formal investigations of color, form, and surface with humanist concerns about the phenomenological function of materials and process. Often experimenting, she lets the process determine the outcome, providing a safe arena for improvisation and a place where intuition can co-exist and thrive alongside rational procedures. Careful planning, pure instinct, and chance – all equally important. Working on the floor, Hummel constructs her collages out of forms and shapes she pre-cuts from painted sheets of watercolor paper. By painting each side of the paper in different colors and textures, she gives herself options. She is always willing to undo an action, allowing her works to be in a state of flux until final decisions are made, describing her working process as being similar to editing. Hummel lives and works on the Isle of Wight.

Featured image: Jo Hummel - Land, 2019 (detail). Acrylic and emulsion on watercolor paper and ply. 35 2/5 × 35 2/5 × 4/5 in. 90 × 90 × 2 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy IdeelArt