Joanna Tinsley

‘My painting is expressing the heart and soul of a person or of a place.  The aim is to convey the feeling of freedom, spiritual harmony, peace and tranquillity particularly when there is such disharmony in the world. I’m absorbed with light in many forms. My desire is to portray any subject matter with colour, light, innocence, focus, quiet purposeful understanding, , strength, endurance, fulfilment and knowledge of destination.’

Joanna was born in Krakow, Poland in 1969. She lives in N. Ireland since 1995 together with her husband Colin, working as a full time artist and being involved in charity work of Hope for Youth Ministries.


Fine Art College, Academy of Fine Arts, Diploma in Painting, MA Honours Degree


1st prize in drawing contest ‘Day and Night’, Academy of Fine Art, Krakow, Poland

Scholarship 1993-1994 sponsored by GEERS, Germany

The Fergus O’Ryan RHA Memorial Award, Dublin, Ireland, 1997

Private collections:

Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK, USA

Solo and group Exhibitions:

Forum Hotel, Krakow, Poland 1990
Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland 1992
Biennial of Visual Arts, Maastricht, Holland 1993
Palace of Art, Krakow, Poland 1994
City Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland 1994
Hilton Hotel Gallery, Dresden, Germany, 1994
One Oxford Street Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland, 1994
The Garret Gallery 1996
Higgin Gallery, Malone House, Belfast, N. Ireland, 1996
Ross’s Court, Belfast. N. Ireland, 1996
Mount Stewart, N. Ireland, 1996
RHA, Dublin, Ireland, 1997
Ogolnopolski Salon Sztuki, Ostrowiec Sw, Poland 1999
Alexander Llewellyn Gallery, London, UK, 1999
Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ireland, 1999
Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast, N. Ireland, 2000
Beaufort Interiors, Moira, N. Ireland, 2000
Adelaide Festival of Arts, 2004

The James Gallery, Dalkey & Dublin, Ireland, solo exhibitions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and group exhibitions 1997,2007, 2008, 2009

Charles Gilmore Gallery, Hollywood & Belfast, N. Ireland, solo exhibitions 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, and group shows 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009

Workshops: Tatry Mountains, Poland, 1990

Maastricht, Holland, working on Murals in Gothic Monastery, 1993

Publications: Illustrations for ‘Herbs and aromas’ K. Bonenberg, 1993

Photograph for ‘A little moment for ever and ever’ poetry U. Zybura, 1994

‘My favourite room’ article featured in Northern Woman Magazine, 1999

‘The Tangled Lamb’, Autobiography written together with Noel Davidson, 2000, reprinted in 2013 and 2020