From Canvas to Conversation, with Joanna Lamb

Posted May 13, 2024 in Interviews & Spotlights, School News By Community Relations

In conversation with Wesley’s Visual Art Teacher, Mrs Erin Knight, Joanna Lamb – an esteemed artist and current parent – shared stories of her life and adventures that have influenced her art.


Erin Knight, left, talks to Joanna Lamb.


Our Wesleyana Club members were delighted to welcome Joanna and Erin to their latest meeting for an engaging discussion on Joanna’s journey to becoming a professional visual artist, what inspires her and more.


Joanna’s connection to art runs deep, stemming from her upbringing and exposure to the world of printing. Her father owned a prominent Perth printing company, Lamb Print, and was responsible for the catalogues of many of Australia’s galleries. He instilled in her a keen eye for detail and this attention to precision and composition is evident in her captivating paintings.

Growing up in Trigg, Joanna draws inspiration from the familiar sights of her childhood including generic suburban sites such as petrol stations, airports, and houses she had driven past thousands of times.

As described on the Art Collective WA , Joanna’s works are characterised as hard-edged and highly refined geometric compositions. Through her art, she delves into the concept of home and urban spaces. Her paintings often oscillate between realism and abstraction, capturing the essence of (sub)urbanity. Her passion for visual expression led her to explore various mediums, including painting and printmaking.

Interestingly, the rights to her series of large-scale wall paintings, the ‘Pool’ paintings, were purchased by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, meaning they are able to reproduce them wherever and whenever they wish!

You can view Joanna’s works in prominent collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Parliament House, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Macquarie University, La Trobe University, Edith Cowan University, The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University.

Some of Joanna’s art has been turned into puzzles. To purchase, visit:


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