Jennifer Jokhoo is a UK based printmaker/painter. Originally from New Zealand, printmaker Jennifer Jokhoo works from her home studio in the Surrey Hills. She studied Fine Art and majored in Painting/Printmaking at Canterbury University school of Fine Arts in New Zealand, In 1998 she went on to complete a Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Since qualifying she has followed a career in Art education and has taught in New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Jennifer has always been passionate about printmaking. After honing her etching skills at Byam Shaw in 2008, Jennifer joined the London print studio to experiment further with intaglio and relief printing techniques. In 2012 she was elected a member of Greenwich printmakers association. In May 2016, she was elected an associate member of the Society of graphic and fine art.
Jennifer has an eclectic interest in architectural structures; recurring geometry, pattern and the effects of colour and light. More recently her focus has shifted to natural landscape. Architectural structures are now starting to feature as underlying elements in Jennifer’s work. Each reduction linocut is produced by hand; from the inital drawings, to the intricate cutting, inking and printing of editions.
Process: Lino cutting is a very satisfying process, however it is very unforgiving. An image is created by cutting into the lino. Any area removed will remain white when printed. The key is to have a harmonious balance of tone and mark.
The majority of Jennifer’s prints are created using Reduction lino printing: This is a method whereby a multi colour print is pulled from a single block. The lino is inked with the lightest colour and the first printing is made. The areas to remain that colour are then cut away. This is the process for each layer, therefore the process can not be rewound/repeated. As a result the editions are kept very small.
Picasso nicknamed Reduction lino cutting: ‘The suicide method’ hence its unforgiving nature!