Abby Jo is a Russian, Amsterdam-based visual artist who explores notions of eccentricity and extravagance blended with naïve playfulness. In her work, Abby Jo symbolizes key elements of the human condition, and her paintings contain their own, otherworldly visual boundaries and logic.
Abby Jo’s passion for art developed in her early childhood, when she was deeply influenced by the cultural heritage of St-Petersburg. Abby Jo’s works fuse features of Baroque excessiveness, apparent precision and almost obsessive attention to detail that show artist’s predilection for patterns and decorative ornaments.
Important factor in Abby Jo’s artistic practice is the influence stemming from elements of popular culture. Abby Jo’s fascination with camp aesthetics is apparent in the stylistic representation of her works: bright rich colours, excessive use of gold relief and almost ‘cartoon-like’ painting technique.
Extravagance and exaggeration are prevalent elements in the modern world of extremes and maximalism, and Abby Jo uses these qualities to explore the pleasure of seeing the brightness of beauty and decoration, and ultimately to show that life is a game.