Joanna E Levesley

Joanna Levesley is a contemporary artist and designer who lives and works in Sheffield, England.
She works with various mediums and in various styles, the most distinctive using pen and ink.
Colour is used but more often she leans towards monochromatic expression. Her work captures the eye drawing you in to explore further, captivating her audience with hidden detail.
Most of Joanna’s work evolves purely from her imagination and the subject matter from whatever piques her interest be it nature, music or fantasy.
Joanna always aspires to create complex pieces to draw people in to observe the world from her mind’s eye.
Joanna’s artwork is now being entered in exhibitions both nationally and internationally.


JOANNA - Contemporary Abstract Ink Artist

Joanna is a self-taught artist based in Sheffield, UK, inspired and influenced by the surrealistic approach of Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher. She is dedicated to working with abstract, fantasy pieces and aims to explore the beauty of the human spirit through her art. 

Joanna mainly works with black and white pen and ink drawings as well as acrylic painting, resulting in dramatic and surrealistic compositions that evoke an intricate, mysterious world. As an artist she believes in using complex lines to create powerful concepts. Her work is driven by a passion to capture the underlying beauty and energy of things by honing into the fundamental line, exploring the limitless possibilities of the imagination. They are an investigation into representations of situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in drawing, never showing the complete structure. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted and therefore manipulating the viewer to create confusion without being hindered by the historical reality.

By examining the ambiguity and origination via abstraction, she tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations. This creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles, and by applying abstraction, she often creates works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested.

Her works isolate the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts.


A personal appreciated of the musician and artist that is Bowie.

Queen's Gambit “Queen's Gambit”

Controlling the board


Pen and ink drawing of a saxophone using bold lines to illustrate the musical movement within the piece.