Documenting moments of displacement and gentrification in her well observed and uniquely executed style, Jo Peel offers her view that it is these cityscapes that are as important to the topographic psyche as the natural beauty of nature that surrounds it.

The lack of human presence imbues the work with a powerful silence and an almost apocalyptic atmosphere. This static quiet draws the viewer into the detail of the work’s skilfully rendered topography, allowing contemplation and a personal narrative. 

This exploration of the urban metamorphosis is executed in a variety of mediums ranging from huge public murals and hand painted animations to canvas and fine art editions. 

Jo has created a number of short animated films based upon huge wall murals which she painstakingly paints and repaints for each frame in a time-lapse process which may take three or four weeks for a 3 minute edit.  Her “Things Change” short film painted on the Village Underground Wall in Shoreditch, London was shortlisted for best animation as part of the 2012 programme at Encounters Short film and Animation festival and went on to become an Vimeo online sensation with over 100,000 views.

Projects & clients include:

Chanel/ The Southbank Centre/ Moniker Projects/ London Legacy Development Commission/ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park/ Enfield Council/ Sheffield University/ Sheffield Council/ East Street Arts/ Leeds BID/ The Canal and River Trust/ Chelsea Flower Show