J R Oatts - aka - Joanne Oatts, is a British abstract artist creating colourful, vibrant and dramatic abstract acrylic paintings.


Currently working between London and Manchester, Joanne grew up by the sea in Essex, and from a young age developed a natural curiosity to seek out new horizons and perspectives. After studying Art History at Middlesex University, she has attended Slade and Central St Martins for further training and continues to develop her art practice, alongside a successful creative career in media and advertising.


Joanne’s work aims to provoke curiosity and allow people to reevaluate the colour and movement that surrounds them. Her paintings use abstraction to focus the viewer on specific elements of a subject or narrative. She captures these moments with tactile textures and expressive strokes – all within a core theme of 'colour in motion'.


In 2021, Joanne had her first solo exhibition at Artistsmeet in Rickmansworth, and her work was shown at Boomer Gallery and Roy's Art Fair in London, as well as several international online exhibitions and magazines. She is also an ArtCan artist

Her love for live painting saw her take part in Mayfair Art Weekend's Pop Up Painting in the West End, as well as creating a Thames-inspired piece for the entrance to Oxo Tower Bargehouse live at Roy's Art Fair. Other collaborations have included a Donna Summer-inspired miniature series for the anniversary of the 1980 album The Wanderer and raising money for BiPride with her Bi Horizons series. Joanne has also donated several pieces of original artwork to advertising charity NABS' to raise funds in their annual Art Auction.

Joanne has also appeared on and hosted panels for artists and creatives for many organisations, including Mediatel's Future of Creativity, Creative Industries Federation, United Art Space, Outvertising, Extreme Perspectives podcast and Jo's Art History Podcast.