PREVIEW: Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies, House of Illustration

The first retrospective of the artist’s career will take place at the House of Illustration from the 3rd February until the 14th May. 

Drawing for Die Berliner Zeitung (c) Estate of Jo Brocklehurst. 

Often compared with the work of Austrian artist Egon Schiele, Jo Brocklehurst’s work is being displayed at the House of Illustration from next month.

Featuring her best known works from the 1980’s, which  capture the experiments with sex and androgyny that was to surface later  through mainstream fashion collections by Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler.

Throughout her career, Jo Brocklehurst documented those seeking freedom of expression such as performers, artists and designers.

Colin McKenzie Director at House of Illustration said: “We are delighted to be presenting the first ever retrospective of the work of Jo Brocklehurst. She was an extraordinarily gifted and influential artist whose work chronicled – in a way that no one else did – a particularly rich and exciting period of contemporary cultural and counter-cultural life.”

Many of the works that will be displayed as part of the exhibition have never been on show before, offering a female perspective on punk. Also included in the exhibition will be her live drawings from the theatres, jazz clubs and opera houses of 1990s Berlin, which she worked up overnight for publication in the next day’s Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

The exhibition is co-curated by Brocklehurst’s model and muse Isabelle Bricknall.

Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies will be on display at the House of Illustration from the 3rd February until the 14th May. For more information visit:


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