Exhibition – Opening next week

Dearest you,
I would be delighted if you joined me for the opening of my exhibition next week. 
Killing the Angel in the House
An exhibition of prints, drawings & letterpress books by Jessica Jane Charleston
Exhibition dates: Thursday 3 May – Wednesday 6 June 
Address: Caravanserail Bookshop & Gallery, 5 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6ED
Opening night: Thursday 3 May, 6 – 9pm
Book Celebration, with the writers reading: Wednesday 6 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Killing the Angel in the House is a collection of drawings, etchings and linocuts to celebrate the series of 6 Chapette books I am printing. The title of the exhibition comes from the book ‘Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell’ by Katherine Angel where she refers to the Virginia Woolf quote, when she writes, ‘Killing the Angel in the house was part of the occupation of a woman writer. The violence was necessary; without it, that Angel – sympathetic, charming, unselfish…would have plucked the heart out of my writing.’ 
A Chapbook is a small paper-covered booklet, typically containing poems or fiction, and so a Chapette book is the same but with the emphasis on women. I invited 6 women writers who I admire to submit a very short piece of writing. Each book is letterpress printed with hand-set type and my linocuts. I began the series in December 2017 and the last book will be printed in May 2018 (one book every month). Each book is a very limited edition of 50. The printing is done in my studio in Bow, East London, on an Arab Treadle Press.
The exhibition is part of the First Thursdays walk by the Whitechapel Gallery & Time Out London
With Love,
P.S. Save the date and come along to my Open Studios on Friday 15 & Saturday 16 of June at Bow Arts, E3 2SJ. 

Woman, Monoprint


Chapette Books – Make Mud Press

Dear Friends,
I am currently printing a series of 6 Chapette books. A Chapbook is a small paper-covered booklet, typically containing poems or fiction, and so a Chapette book is the same but with the emphasis on women. Each book is letterpress printed with handset type and my own linocuts. I began this series in December 2017 and the last book will be printed in May 2018. Each book is a very limited edition of 50 only. The printing is done in my studio in Bow, East London, on an Arab Treadle Press. I invited 6 women writers who I admire to submit a short piece of writing. The writers are:
1. Aimee Campbell, a Glaswegian writer, published by Good Press
2. Camilla Grudova, a Canadian writer, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions
3. Nell Osborne, a writer from Devon, currently completing a research PhD in experimental writing by women and intimacy
4. Jemima Foxtrot, a writer, performer, theatre-maker and musician from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
5. Tamara Sampey-Jawad, a writer from London who works in publishing
6. Jo Waterhouse, an artist and writer from Hitchin, England
I hope you can join me in celebration of this series!
The first three Chapettes will be celebrated on Saturday 14th of April, 3-6pm, at Good Press in Glasgow (5 St. Margaret’s Place, G1 5JY). Aimee, Camilla & Nell will be reading and signing books.
Chapettes four, five and six will be celebrated alongside a month-long exhibition of my prints and drawings at Caravansérail with the opening night on Thursday 3rd of May.


You can view more photos of the process on the Make Mud instagram page here:



Painting with my Hair, Yeah

A very belated Happy 2018 to you.

The drawing year show ended last month, if you didn’t see it, for shame! But ho hum, here we are in February and excitedly I have three exhibitions on the horizon. More anon.

My most favourite part of the drawing year experience was going in looking to tune up my draughts-woman-ship and coming out chucking myself around huge bits of paper with my hair drenched in indian ink. (see above photos) I have a couple of super videos of the joy but apparently this blog isn’t strong enough to take the vastness of the file. So, I guess it’ll just sit unwatched on my computer FOREVER. Unless I make a YouTube account … Any suggestions ?

These hair paintings got born out of my classes with Catherine Goodman where we engaged with the Laban technique. In short: describing movement/feeling physically through drawing. Large, all-armed shoulder shaking movements. Direction. Weight. Speed. Flow.

I have been drawing the female body, and trying to describe how I feel in my own body for the last 15 years, and here was a way to describe it. Another way, anyway.



Big Birthday Girl


The Christie’s show was a beaut. Thank you to the Royal Drawing School for putting it up. Such a slick operation and such a stunning lot of artwork. (Thanks to @beccamaycollins for the photo above)

Next week our end of year exhibition opens at the drawing school. That’s The Royal Drawing School, 19 – 22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG. That’s Shoreditch. The show continues until the 16th of January 2018.

We have been painting our studios to make them look so super lovely and I think it is definitely worth coming to look at what we have on there too. Some cracking paintings, sculptures and animation. Open Studios opens on the 28th of November, and I think you can get in there from 11am. That’s Space Studios, 129 -131 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 3RH. The Open Studios open evening will be Friday 1st December, 7-9:30pm.

That’s enough shows for now.



P.S. Actually, no it’s not. Go see The Sentinel’s Christmas Kaleidoscope exhibition too!

Jessica Jane Charleston Big Birthday Girl (1)www

Big Birthday Girl, Gouache and Pastel on Paper, 420 x 600mm

Christie’s Exhibition 10 – 14 November

Jessica Jane Charleston Sex Chat _1500

Sex Chat, Gouache and Pastel on Paper, 300 x 210mm

I am very happy to be exhibiting some drawings in Christie’s Best of the Drawing Year, opening this Friday.

The show will be short and sweet so get over there between the 10th-14th of November.

Address: Christie’s Duke Street Gallery at King Street, 8 King Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6QT

Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 5pm.

Truly exciting!

Drawing Exhibitions: Royal Drawing School and Christie’s

Self Portrait on Orange Carpet

On an Orange Carpet

I have four invitations for you!​
​1. A​n evening of drinks and drawings at The Royal Drawing School on Tuesday 28th November, 6:30-8:30pm. Join me in celebration of my Postgraduate Drawing Joys. The exhibition continues until the 16th of January 2018.
2. From the 10-14th November you can see some of my drawings in the ‘Best of The Drawing Year 2017’ at none other than Christie’s (!)​
3. ​Come to our Open Studios Private View on Friday December 1st, 7-9:30pm at Space Studios, 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney. The studios are open from the 28th November – 9th December and it’ll be nice. More paintings than drawings here. More info can be found at https://www.instagram.com/rdsopenstudio/
4. I am also delighted to have some paintings in The Christmas Kaleidoscope Exhibition at The Sentinel Gallery from the 4th November – 31st December
​Love ​


Invite Christies 2017

RDS Invite

Woman above Water

Woman above water

Woman above Water, Oil on board, 2017

I now have an Instagram account. Social media makes me feel a bit claustrophobic. But who knows, I may learn to love it. If you would like to encourage that (and please do!) then you can find my page here:


I painted the above in Italy on a 10 day painting adventure with The Royal Drawing School. Alice was lying in the hot midday sun and I painted her as quickly as possible.

See you for the upcoming shows (which I will confirm dates of soon).