Joanna Braithwaite (1962) was born in Halifax, England and came to New Zealand in 1965. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Canterbury in 1985 and was awarded the Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship in 1983, and the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award in 1990. She now lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Joanna Braithwaite juxtaposes objects, animals, humans and insects onto lavish painterly surfaces in unexpected and imaginative ways. She characteristically works in series and her immediate environment often prompts her subject matter.