Co-published by the Mahara Gallery, Joanna Margaret Paul: Drawings has been designed to accompany an exhibition of Joanna Paul's drawings touring to around a dozen towns and cities throughout the country from 2006 until 2008. It introduces a remarkable artist whose work is not very widely known, although Paul (1945-2003) has staunch supporters, such as art curators and writers Greg O'Brien and Ian Wedde. Paul's striking talents are vividly displayed in her drawings. Both charming and accessible, these drawings, in a range of media and often in colour, focus on domestic and landscape subjects and give an impression of intimacy and familiarity. At least 70 full colour drawings will be included in the book supported by essays written by art historians Jill Trevelyan (exhibition curator) and Sarah Treadwell that place the drawings in context and highlight Joanna Paul's distinctive skills. The book has been prepared by designer Anna Brown and Gerald Barnett (Mahara Gallery), who have worked on publications for the National Art Gallery, Te Papa and the National Library.
Jill Trevelyan is the art advisory officer for New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the author of Toss Wollaston: A Life in Letters, which was named a finalist in the Montana NZ Book Awards in 2005. Sarah Treadwell is a registered architect and a member of the editorial board for Fabrications, the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.