American artists Chris Johanson and Jo Jackson have created Peaceable Kingdom, their first collaborative work as “partners in life and art”. Published by Nieves, the book contains a series of paintings that features elements of both of the artists’ styles.
Chris’ work is known for playing with figurative forms and abstraction, seeing the two as interconnected. Within the book, his mark-makings offer insight into politics, social themes and colour patterns, which are offset by the more provocative and ambiguous interpretations of identity from Jo’s softer tones.
While there’s differences in their separate personal work, here Chris and Jo’s art comes together to create a kaleidoscopic dialogue encompassing shapes, patterns and ideas, with a childlike imagination that fills each page.
About the Author
Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.