Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies

Jo Brocklehurst captured the uncompromising vibrancy of late 20th century subcultures in London, Berlin and New York

The year has got off to a flying start, and one of the exhibitions I am most looking forward to is the first major exhibition of Jo Brocklehurst’s work at the beginning of February at the House of Illustration. This is being curated by a close friend of mine Isabelle Bricknall.

Her figurative paintings from fetish clubs record experiments with sex, androgyny and couture that later inspired the mainstream fashion collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, while her best-known portraits from the 1980s offer a raw, beautiful and female perspective on punk.

Co-curated by her model and muse Isabelle Bricknall, the exhibition also features her drawings of Berlin’s 1990s performing arts scene for Berliner Zeitung, alongside clubland-inspired interpretations of Alice Through the Looking Glass.


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