'You should have killed me when you had the chance', Joe Packer

Interior of a room with a bird on the windowsill looking in

Oil on canvas, 78.5 x 107 cm

My current paintings are the conclusion of a process arrived at through a variety of means. They do not have specific subjects; they are made up from fragmented source materials, from a wide range of imagery. The blurred corner of a room in an amateur snapshot, the background or furniture from a pornographic image, the dark shadow behind a curtain featured in an interior design magazine. Details like these can all become ingredients to use in combination with an intuitive painting process to make a new environment, a main event constructed from peripheral matter.


Joe Packer was born in Reading in 1967. He studied at Berkshire College of Art and Design 1987-89, Norwich School of Art 1989-92 and the Royal College of Art 1992-94. His exhibitions include Whitechapel Open 1996 and 1998, Artistes Anglais Abbaye de Lagrasse France 1997, Show Two Hat on Wall Gallery London 2001 and Il Giardino Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea Bergamo and tour 2001-2.