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. 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 Arts and received the ‘Associate’s award’ for her print ‘Summer Harvest’ at the Draw 2017 exhibition.
Her work is exhibited in galleries widely across South East and is held in private collections in the UK, New Zealand, Mauritius, Australia, USA and Canada.
Upon moving to the Surrey hills in 2014, Jennifer’s interest has shifted from architectural landscapes, to areas that are closer to home. Hillside views, fields, wide skies and horizontal bands are elements that are visited and revisited in her prints. The landscapes reveal themselves slowly and require an element of patience! As does the creative process which requires intricate cutting and layering of colour which takes place over many weeks.
Jennifer works in relief and intaglio methods, however her preferred printmaking technique is ‘Reduction linoprinting’ otherwise known as the suicide method!
In this method, a multi coloured 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 it cannot be rewound or repeated. As a result Jennifer’s editions are kept very small.
Her linocuts are drawn and cut by hand and her preferred inks are oil-based due to the vivid colours that can be achieved. They are also more agreeable with colour mixing.
Jennifer enjoys the challenges of this method which requires thoughtful planning and execution. At the same time, it enables a certain degree of flexibility as the concept she begins with is never set in stone. The print evolves and changes shape during the process. She constantly responds to what the work needs rather than being restricted by preconceived ideas.