Joanna Braithwaite was born in Halifax, England and arrived in New Zealand in 1965. She graduated from the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts in 1985, and gained a Masters in Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, Sydney in 2000. Her expressive, meticulously-painted canvases are simultaneously witty and poignant, and feature a carnival bestiary of dainty animal performers in surreal situations and strange mutations. They are complex and iconographical metaphors for human nature, as well as meditations on the relationship between the human and animal worlds. These creatures have souls. Braithwaite’s great skill and vision as a painter has seen her receive a number of important awards and scholarships, and became the subject of a large touring survey exhibition, Wonderland, in 2005. Braithwaite first began showing her entrancing paintings with Brooke-Gifford as a fresh graduate in 1985. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.