About the artist

Artist Jo Hards

My name is Jo Hards. I am a self representing artist, currently based in Cheshire, in North West England. I am best known for Gothic style, button eyed, cloth art dolls. However, I have also worked in other mediums, such as ink, air drying clay and acrylics.

My dolls have been described by many as ‘cute and creepy’ for their dark, yet innocent anthropomorphic charm. My paintings and illustrations feature similar subject matter and often fall within the realms of pop surrealism.

Ethics have always played an important role in my art. As a strict vegan, I do not use any materials or tools of animal origin. I am actively involved in the promotion of animal rights and have, on occasion used my art to raise funds for animal rights groups.