About the Artist


Jo Lankester is a passionate Printmaker living and working in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and moved to Townsville in 1998. When she arrived in Townsville Lankester was employed in the Printmaking Department at James Cook University. Lankester aspires to create prints with an aesthetic approach. Imagery that is pleasing to the eye, evoking emotion, memory or a sense of place. The natural environment is a constant source of inspiration providing an endless supply of subjects including found objects, natural forming patterns, textures and colours that translate beautifully through a multitude of printmaking techniques. Lankester believes the landscape has many stories to be told, and enjoys the process of being inspired through the solitude of drawing on location. For her more abstract prints the process of En plein air drawing and mark making is seeing and drawing the landscape in the distance and then gradually focus on subjects in closer proximity until she sees and interprets the essential character of place. She is represented in the National Gallery of Australia Print Collection, Artbank as well as in public and private collections throughout Australia and overseas.



Curriculum Vitae



2015      Symbiosis, The Art Vault, Mildura, Victoria

2014      Cornerstone, major solo exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2008      Grass Trees, a little white space, The Brewery, Townsville, Qld

2000      Reflections: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Niche Space, Townsville, Qld


Selected Group Shows

2018     Visions, a selection of prints produced by artists supported by Australian Print Workshop programs in 2017, APW, Vic

2017     Imaginings, curated by Rona Green, Neospace, Collingwood, Vic

2017     Peebles Print Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop, Vic

2017     3rd Global Print Douro, Portugal

2017     Partners in Print, Inkmasters Cairns & Sydney Printmakers, Kick Arts, Contemporary Arts, Cairns, and Spot81 Gallery, Sydney

2016      Inkmasters Print Exhibition, Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, Qld

2016      She Exhibition 2016, Walker St Gallery & Arts centre, Dandenong, Vic

2016      39th Alice Price 2016, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2016      Directors Pick, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Qld

2015      The Australian Print Triennial, Print Prize, Mildura, Victoria

2013      Strand Ephemera 2013, The Strand, Gallery Services, Townsville

2012      Connections, Queensland Regional Art Awards Touring Exhibition, John Flynn Place Museum & Gallery, Cloncurry, Mt Isa Civic Centre, Mt Isa, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Tyto Regional Art Gallery, Ingham, Qld

2011      Strand Ephemera 2011, The strand, Gallery Services, Townsville, Qld


Group Shows

2016     Impressions 2016, Australian Print Workshop & The G.R.A.I.N. Store, Nathalia, Victoria

2016     Generation: Annual Members’ Exhibition & Art Prize, Umbrella Studio, Townsville

2016      Compact Prints 2016, Umbrella Studio, Townsville

2016      Wallflower: Print Collaborations by Jo Lankester and Hannah Murray. Umbrella Studio, Townsville

2016      Belonging – in the tropics: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2015      Postcards from the North & South 2015: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2015      Technicolour: Annual Members’ Exhibition & Art Prize, Umbrella Studio, Townsville

2014      Wanderlust: PressNorth Printmakers, Judith Write Centre, Brisbane

2014      Glide: Robert Crispe, Michelle Hall, Jo Lankester, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville

2013      58th Townsville Art Society Awards (Award winning), Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2013      Postcards from the North & South 2013: Gallery 48, Townsville

2013      Wing Tipped Vortice: Michele Hall & Jo Lankester, Cell Art Space, Cairns

2012      PressNorth: Out of the Box, Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville, Qld

2011      Place & Being: Pressnorth Members Exchange Portfolio Exhibition, Artspaced Inc, & Brush & Press Studio, Townsville, Qld

2011      Paper Bird, Jo Lankester & Hannah Murray, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Qld

2010      Compact Prints, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Qld

2010      XXX+WHY: Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts centre, Townsville, Qld

2002      (W)ink: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Qld

Tropologic, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

1998     Observations, recent prints made at The Australian Print Workshop Access Studio

1995      Recent Prints Made at the Australian Print Workshop Access Studio – by June Defdteros – Jo Lankester – Graeme Lee, Australian Print Workshop, Vic

Freemantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA

2nd Student International Art Biennial, Art Gallery Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia

Australian Print Workshop Christmas Show: Australian Print Workshop, Vic

1994      Canson Student Print Award: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne



2015      Alex Christopher, independent writer, curator and educator: Imprint, Winter 2015, Vol.50, Number 2, P. 28

2015      Prf. Sasha Grishin: Craft Art International, Volume 93, “Profile in Print” p. 56

2014    Eric Nash, curator Perc Tucker Regional Gallery: “Notions of Place”, Imprint, Summer 2014, Volume 49, Number 4, p.27

2014    Michelle Hall: “Dexterity – Press North Printmakers”, Imprint, Volume 49 Number 3

2012      Marian Crawford: “PressNorth: Out of the Box”, Imprint, Summer 2012, Vol. 47, Number 4, p. 32.

2012      Professor Stephen Naylor, “Umbrella Studio and the Neoteric printmakers”, Imprint, Autumn 2012, Volume 47, Number 1, P. 10

Butler, Roger & Virgo, Anne (Editors)Place made: Australian Print Workshop, National Gallery of Australia 2004, p. 185



National Gallery of Australia, Art Bank, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, National and international private collections, Crown Limited



2016     C-Gen Awards for Excellence through Education Queensland, Flying Arts

2015      C-Gen Awards for Excellence through Education Queensland, Flying Arts

2014-Current     Young Indigenous Printmakers: organised by Gallery Services, Townsville held at Umbrella Studio

2014      Artist in Schools Resident, Annandale Christian College, William Ross High School, St Patricks, Thuringowa State High, Townsville

2013      Artist in Schools Resident Kirwin State High School- Indigenous Art Diploma

2013      Artist in Schools Resident, Pimlico State High School

1999-2002           Casual lecturer, James Cook University



2016      Belonging: in the Tropics, a Bookplate Exchange Folio by PressNorth Printmakers, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2014      PressNorth Printmakers: Dexterity, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2012      PressNorth: Out of the Box, Pinnacles Art Gallery, Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville

2012      The Expanded Field of Printmaking, Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts

Artists: Michelle Hall, Jo Lankester, Margot Laver, Alison McDonald, Jenny Mulcahy, Hannah Murray, Rhonda Stevens & Alan Valentine

2011      PressNorth: Place & Being, Artspaced Inc & Brush & Press Studio, Townsville

2011      Neoteric Printmakers, Umbrella Studio, Townsville

Artists: Aja Ausman, Kelly Bianchi, John Bradshaw, Laura Castell, Michelle Hall, Donna Foley, Karen Fiorito, Sheree Kilyside, Jo Lankester, Kyana Pike, Gerald Soworka, Sandra Wright



2017     Peebles Print Prize, Finalists Exhibition – Highly Commended

2015      Nth Qld, Art Awards, Most Outstanding Visual Artist Award

2014      59th Townsville Art Awards, Printmaking Award, Judge Maude Page

2013      58th Townsville Art Awards Printmaking Award, Judge Mandy Martin

2013-14 RAF PressNorth Printmakers Professional Development Project

2011      Neoteric Printmakers, Umbrella Studio- RADF Funding

1995      2nd Student International Art Biennial, Macedonia

1994      Canson National Student Print Award 1994



2017     Recipient-The APW Artist-in-Residence Opportunity for Regional Artist

2015      The Art Vault, Mildura, Victoria

1995      Australian Print Workshop



2012 – Current   President, PressNorth printmakers

2012 – 2015         General Board, Member Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

2010-2011           General Board Members, Artspaced Inc.



2016 – Current  Gallery Services, Townsville City Council. Position – Gallery Assistant Casual

2002-2010          Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville Position Exhibitions/Collections Officer

1999-2002          Casual lecturer, James Cook University

1999-2011           Printer, Lyre Bird Press

2000 -Current   Established Jo Lankester Limited Edition Print Studio T/A Brush & Press Studio



Michelle Hall, Hannah Murray, Robert Crispe, Alan Valentine, Peter Lancaster & Eliza Turnbull of Lancaster Press, Simon White senior printer APW, Martin King senior printer APW