Getting to know Artist Jo Ashby

Jo Ashby is a contemporary artist living on Sherkin Island in West Cork. I came across Jo's work at an exhibition in the Hungry Hill Gallery on the Beara Peninsula and I was automatically captivated by her fantastic renditions of the sea. I was determined to track Jo down and find out more about her inspiration and her background.

I was lucky in that she wasn't too hard to find and she extended an invitation for me to visit her at her studio on Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore in a pretty amazing part of West Cork. I spent a lovely afternoon getting to know Jo and finding out more about her life and what inspires her to paint the sea.

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Jo Ashby - Bio

Jo Ashby ARBSA born on the 11th May 1960 in Birmingham UK. Both of Jo's parents are artists and the family spent a lot of time in the South West coast of England primarily Cornwall and Devon.  Jo's journey towards being a full time artist was not direct and she first studied psychology and subsequently trained as an art teacher specialising in Special Educational Needs. She was co-vocational until she had a son in 1990 but returned to full time painting in 2000 where she has been ever since.Her work is in private and corporate collections in England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe. 


  • Birmingham (Bournville) School of Art, Birmingham;
  • The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University 1981- 1984
  • Goldsmith’s College, University of London. 1985-1986
  • Elected Associate Member of the RBSA, May 2004

Prizes and commendations:

  • First prize: RBSA Prize exhibition                                                                       2004
  • Higlhy commended: Dulwich Picture Gallery Summer Exhibition                     2006


  • Cill Rialaig Arts Residency, Kerry                                                                        2015

Group/solo Exhibitions and Art Fairs (2001 – 2015) include:


  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham
  • Artmonsky Arts, London
  • Stark Gallery, London
  • Camberwell Arts, London
  • The Mall Galleries, London
  • Helmsley Arts. Helmsley
  • Karen Taylor Contemporary Arts, London
  • The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour
  • Skylark Gallery, London
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
  • Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead
  • The Store Street Gallery, London
  • The Affordable Art Fair, London


  • Art Ireland, Dublin
  • The Private Collector Gallery, Innishannon,
  • The Warren Gallery, Castletownshend and Dublin
  • The Iverni Gallery, Kenmare
  • The Tramyard Gallery, Dublin
  • West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
  • Kilkenny Arts Festival with The Stour Gallery
  • The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole
  • The Morris Gallery, Skibbereen