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Art that you fall in love with at first sight

May 12, 2021, 22 Comments

There’s nothing quite like Joanne’s art, probably because there’s no one quite like Joanne. She is as original and authentic as her wonderful creations. I met both one day last month and must confess I am a little bit in love.

Joanne Finnegan came to Switzerland in 2007 as an import from northern England, and since then has been putting her degree in Visual Art to good use. Although she has a fear of heights, one of her favourite subjects is the Swiss mountains, especially Rigi.

As much as I like her paintings, I love her maps even more. She resurrects old Swiss maps by painting the place on the map itself. Her painted map of the Eiger even got her into The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. That’s how good they are.

And then there are the striking lino cuts, which look like modern versions of Swiss Scherenschnitte (or paper cut artwork). I think I love these most of all, particularly the ones with little appliqué extras like the Swiss flag.

Win this lovely lino cut by leaving a comment below

You can see 25 of her paintings and maps at a new exhibition that just opened near Lucerne. It’s in buildings of the Golfpark Holzhäusern but it’s free and open to the public until September. Do go if you have a chance.

If you can’t get there, then you can find Joanne and her art on Facebook, or contact her directly to buy a painting or something smaller. Or you can enter a draw to win the Zug lino cut above (it measures 30×40 cm): just leave a comment below before the end of May.

22 Comments on "Art that you fall in love with at first sight"

  1. Julia Semmer Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 10:49 AM · Reply

    How atmospheric this is!
    I love the linocut technique and aesthetic.
    It lends itself perfectly to the subject matter!

    • Diccon Bewes Friday June 11th, 2021 at 08:30 AM · Reply

      Congratulations Julia! Your name came out of the hat first.

  2. Jill Starley-Grainger Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 10:58 AM · Reply

    Gorgeous linocut of a beautiful area. J’adore!

    • Steve Barnes Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 11:34 AM · Reply

      Bold, confident and vibrant works that capture the soul of Switzerland.

  3. Lesley Gower Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 12:09 PM · Reply

    Looks at first glance like a modern Scherenschnitt. A lovely, playful depiction of Zug, Joanne.

  4. Charles Glover Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 12:15 PM · Reply

    Love the Zug piece, Joanne. I am thinking of moving to Zug and this looks like the perfect inspiration. Big fan of your work and this is no exception. Gorgeous!

  5. Neera Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 12:15 PM · Reply

    These are fabulous! Thanks for the invitation to get to know Joanne and her work.

  6. José Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 01:35 PM · Reply

    Drawings on a map are very different
    I do love it! Maybe I’ll be there for visiting her exhibition. Fingers crossed!

  7. Martha Reynolds Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 01:48 PM · Reply

    These are lovely! As an American always dreaming of my next trip to Switzerland, I would love to win this lino cut. Thank you for the opportunity! 🇨🇭🇨🇭🇨🇭

  8. Chantal Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 02:04 PM · Reply

    Gorgeous work! Thank you for introducing me to this talented artist. I’ve already signed up for her mailing list and sent her a message!

  9. Nickynacs Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 02:18 PM · Reply

    Such a beautiful piece of work which encompasses everything Swiss that I love! What a talented artist

  10. Laura Cowan Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 03:04 PM · Reply

    Love the style. Hopefully will be able to visit the exhibit to see them in person.

  11. Polly Andrews Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 05:48 PM · Reply

    So beautiful! Such happy memories of life in Zug.

  12. Louise Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 06:01 PM · Reply

    Gorgeous pieces by a lovely lady. Can’t wait to visit the exhibition.

  13. Alnaaze Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 07:40 PM · Reply

    Gorgeous ! I can’t wait to be able and go see them up close

  14. Deborah Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 09:23 PM · Reply

    Am a big fan of Joanne’s work (am lucky enough to be able to look at one of her Rigi’s on my wall at home). Looking forward to visiting her exhibition soon too.

  15. Charlotte B Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 09:40 PM · Reply

    Love it, reminds me of my hometown

  16. Louise Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 12:17 AM · Reply

    Such original artwork! Love them all and hope to come along to the exhibition.

  17. Louise Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 12:19 AM · Reply

    Such lovely original artwork and can’t wait to come along to the exhibition.

  18. Hansjuerg Raez Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 12:58 AM · Reply

    Great Art work!!

  19. Jennie Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 07:36 PM · Reply

    My hometown of Zug! The lake, the Zyturm, the mountains, the old town – unmistakeable. Love Joanne’s work.

  20. Nidhin Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 07:56 PM · Reply

    Amazing works.

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