Jo Ogier | BIO < back to artists

Jo Ogier is an artist concerned with issues of conservation, ecology and the individual's role in nurturing, protecting and preserving our fragile world. Through her finely crafted woodcuts Ogier seeks to promote public awareness of the many endemic species of flora and fauna in New Zealand. The artist's work is distinctive, incorporating beautifully drafted images and the use of bold colour, with recurring design motifs such as the flowing braided river pattern and the unfurling fern behind detailed images of native birds.

An MFA graduate from the Otago School of Art, Ogier also holds a Diploma in Plant and Wildlife Illustration (NSW Australia), along with a series of scholarships and awards - including the William Hodges Fellowship awarded to the artist in 2000.

A lover of the wild outdoors, Ogier's work is influenced by previous field trips to the sub-Antarctic islands, Stewart Island, Fiordland and recently the South Island high country.

Ogier produces woodcuts using the Japanese keyblock method. She then prints onto handmade harakeke (NZ flax) paper to achieve works with a uniquely New Zealand signature.

Jo Ogier is based in Christchurch.