Josephine Wall

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Josephine Wall (born May 1947 in Farnham, Surrey) is a popular English fantasy artist and sculptor.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Educated at Farnham and Parkstone (Dorset) grammar schools, she studied at Bournemouth College and worked at Poole Pottery as a designer and painter of Delphis Ware.[1] Her pottery figures include characters from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and mythological creatures. Pieces of this work now feature in a book on the history of Poole Pottery.

Paintings[edit]

Her paintings are mainly influenced and inspired by Arthur Rackham, with lesser influences from surrealist artists such as Magritte and Dalí, and the romanticism of the pre-Raphaelites.

A number of her works were exhibited in Teheran and Tokyo during 1974 and her first solo exhibition took place the following year in Swindon. Josephine and her paintings were the subject of a special feature on Southern Television in 1990. Following a visit to the Spring Fair[2] in Birmingham in 1993 she signed contracts with firms in Britain and Switzerland to publish her work as prints, posters and cards for worldwide distribution. Her originals and limited edition prints by are often sold through Courtenay's Fine Art and Courtyard of Romance.

In addition to a range of Limited Edition Prints, Josephine Wall continues to work with her exclusive licensing agents Art Impressions in California (Art Impressions Inc. www.artimpressionsinc.com) who began licensing her work around the world in 1996. They are responsible for finding the contacts and setting up licensing deals. Apparently there is a rush to see who will get new images as they appear! It has been used for greeting cards, calendars, posters, stained glass, craft transfers (“T” shirts), journals, stationery, cheques and cheque covers, mugs, magnets, suncatchers, treasure boxes, wall murals, scrapbook paper sets, fabric squares, figurines, and puzzles.[1]

In 1998 five original works were selected for an exhibition at London's Mall Gallery entitled “Art of the Imagination”. Josephine has subsequently joined the circle of artists in the society of the same name.[3]

Since then her works have been selected by Ron and Yvette Emard (Founders of Courtyard of Romance)for exhibitions at New York Art Expo and have been the subject of a book “The Fantasy World of Josephine Wall”, jointly published by the artist and Courtyard of Romance. Pop singer Britney Spears has used a number of Josephine's images on her website. Britney also purchased a number of Limited Edition prints and Josephine is working on an original painting for her. Ron and Yvette Emard have also been featured in at least two of Josephine's paintings and are the proud owners of the largest private collection of Josephine Wall originals in the world.

In 2008, Sunbeams Initiatives, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida was chosen as Josephine's Official International Marketing Group and "One Stop Shop" source for all of her art. This includes retail and wholesale sales of original paintings, prints, games, greeting cards, books and other quality products which carry her name. The company is headed by Dr. Patricia Sager as its President and CEO. Dr. Sager personally handles much of Ms. Wall's personal appearances and event planning worldwide.

Timeline[edit]

1967 - Following three years at Bournemouth College studying Fine Art, Josephine worked at Poole Pottery as a designer and painter of Delphis Ware (now very collectable), later modeling animals to be displayed at Harrods in London. Her pottery figures include characters from Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" and mythological creatures. Certain pieces of this work now form part of a book on the history of Poole Pottery.

1974 - A number of larger paintings were exhibited in Teheran and Tokyo.

1975 - Held her first solo exhibition in Swindon.

1990 - Following a period during which she brought up her three children whilst still exhibiting both locally and abroad, a second solo exhibition was held at the Mayfield Gallery in Bournemouth. Also during this year, Josephine and her paintings were the subject of a special feature on Southern Television in the UK.

1991 - Held her third solo exhibition at the Mayfield Gallery.

1993 - Following a visit to the Spring Fair in Birmingham she signed contracts with F.J.Warren based in Hitchen, England and Wizard and Genius from Switzerland to publish her work in the form of framing prints, posters and cards. These prints are distributed worldwide.

1995 - Josephine’s painting "Dance of all Seasons" was selected for the cover of W&G’s “Cheerful Joys” catalogue.

1996 - Signed a licensing agreement with Art Impressions based in Los Angeles, California, which has led to many new outlets for Josephine’s images. Many products are now produced including cards, stationery, puzzles, journals, bookplates, back to school products, mugs, needlepoint kits and posters, as well as limited edition prints.

1998 - Five original works were selected for an exhibition at London’s prestigious Mall Gallery entitled “Art of the Imagination”. Josephine has subsequently joined the circle of artists in the society of the same name, with the possibility of many more exhibitions worldwide.

1999 – Many products are now produced including cards, stationery, puzzles, journals, bookplates, back to school products, mugs, needlepoint kits and posters, as well as limited edition prints.

2004 – First exhibition at the New York Art Expo, resulting in 6 images being selected for use as Hand Embellished Limited Edition Prints for sale at auctions on board cruise ships around the world.

2005 – Exhibition at New York Art Expo at which my first book was released “The Fantasy World of Josephine Wall”.

Received a nomination for the Artv Awards (like Oscars for art) which is to be held on 28 October this year at the M.G.M.Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Pop Icon Britney Spears requested the use of a number of images for use on her new website www.britneyspears.com. Britney also purchased a number of Limited Edition prints and Josephine created an original painting for her.

2006 – Leanin’ Tree requested a series of “Zodiac” images which were completed in 6 months, and have proved to be very popular. They were exhibited all together at Courtenays Fine Art Gallery in Westbourne. Seven were sold that evening, and the rest soon followed.

External links[edit]

2010 – Josephine opened her own gallery in Penn Hill, Poole, Dorset U.K. (josephinewall-gallery@talktalk.net). Displaying her latest Originals and Limited Edition Prints, she has had visitors from around the world including – U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Arab Emirates, Japan, Holland, France, Kuwait, Russia, Czech Republic, and many more. She loves to welcome people to her gallery, and spend time talking to them about art.

2012 – Originated “The Official Josephine Wall” Facebook page, which was created to communicate with followers of her work, and to let them see the latest paintings. These pages are administered by her Grandson Charlie, and her agents in the U.S. - Entertainment One Licensing—because she doesn’t type..!!

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Josephine Wall
  2. ^ Spring Fair Birmingham 2008 - The NEC, Birmingham
  3. ^ Member's Art of The Society for Art of Imagination