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Untitled (known as Three Graces)Jo Brocklehurst1988

Jo (Josephine) Brocklehurst (1935 - 2006) studied at Central Saint Martins and began her career as a fashion illustrator. She later focused on portraiture, drawing directly from models at her studio in West Hampstead and in nightclubs and theatres in Berlin, London and New York. Her work documents the alternative subcultures of the 1970s, 80s and 90s that went on to shape mainstream fashion and performance scenes.

In the 1990s Brocklehurst returned to Central Saint Martins as a visiting tutor. She led life drawing classes for fashion and textile students, often employing flamboyant performers as models. Brocklehurst encouraged bold use of scale and colour, as demonstrated by this portrait of a drag performer.