Plate 31

(8) Jo Lane – Complexity of Power (Australia)

About this Artwork

While ‘stabbing’ of leaders is not new this has to be the quintessential betrayal in modern history. I have portrayed the painting of ‘The Murder of Caesar’ by Karl von Piloty (1826-86) within the portrait of the man. Love and jealousy are close partners, trust and betrayal terrible enemies. Man is a complex being.
Page 78 of Volume 2 ‘The Romance of History’ The Ides of March in Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge outlines the moment of the famous words “And thou too, Brutus?”

About Jo

Jo Lane uses her drawing practice to explore social and psychological subjects. Working between UK and Australia she is a ‘drawer’ first and foremost, using charcoal, graphite, coloured pencils, and any other material that is present-to-hand, honouring the texture, immediacy and honesty of drawing. Whilst immersed in fastidious mark-making and fibre use as metaphor, decision-making is reflexive, responding intuitively to the outside world, the inside world and the differing shades and depths of line forming on surfaces. The contrast between self and other and the systems of separation and unity that operate throughout the humanity, drives the work.
British Psychoanalyst, Donald W Winnicott places some artistic motivation in the tension between the desire to hide and the desire to communicate. Her work erupts from this tension, between the private refuge of thought and the nature of external engagement that is drawing.

Link to Jo’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Jo was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 2
The Romance of History
The Murder of Caesar