Visual Artist, Curator & Designer
Australia / New Zealand based
“I pull inspiration from nature and the energising lives of those around me”
Jo was the director of st + baker + studio and gallery in South East Queensland before setting up studio again in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. She has been working, curating, and mentoring between Australia and New Zealand for many years and draws on the stories of crossing oceans into a lot of her work.
Discovered by Tropicsurf in 2010, St Baker’s unique self-created technique of fine etched carvings in timber and surfboard Alaia grew from her career as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. It is this unique form of art and passion for all things ocean that drew Tropicsurf and Jo to work together.
Jo’s water themes integrated into her fine art are awash with elegance, energy, spirit, and stories. Paintings, Alaia, and sculptures all evoke an innate sense of movement, place, and time. She shares the universal language of coastal culture in a way that is like no other.
Professional Photographer, cinematographer and visual artist
At age 19, Jon was accepted into the photography certificate course at the Sydney Institute of Technology (photography is not art!) where he learned how to photograph a glass bottle on 4x5” film. On graduating, Jon turned his attention to taking pictures of two of the three things he was interested in. The ocean and surfing remained his muses for over two decades as an editorial photographer for domestic and international magazines, and within his personal artistic work.
Jon transitioned into film-making in 1995 with Litmus, made with Andrew Kidman. The film premiered on VHS in his Cronulla lounge-room in 1996 and went on to become the cult surfing film of the generation.
Post Litmus, Jon continued shooting stills and motion pictures of surfing, travelling worldwide for a range of eclectic clients. During this period he directed and photographed several 16mm surf movies, mostly within the biopic and travel adventure genre, and mounted exhibitions of photography.
Jon collaborated four times with Richard Tognetti, the artistic director of The Australian Chamber Orchestra. Over a six-year period creating four unique classical music concerts featuring video projections behind live orchestra. Performance venues included The Sydney Opera House, The Palais Theatre (opening the Melbourne festival), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and The Barbican (London).
In recent years, Jon has worked on a number of projects for social causes and not-for-profits and on a variety of small and large budget film projects, as both a camera operator and water specialist. Clients worthy of name-dropping include: Jane Campion, Top of the Lake 2; Sir Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl; & Simon Baker, Breath.
In 2017 Jon started an independent book publishing company, but as usual he was working out of his garage. In a rare smart move, he enlisted the formidable design skills of Stuart Geddes. Their first book Broken, won multiple Australian design awards. Their next book, On Bones, was released in 2018. Surprisingly, a book of black & white photography interspersed with extracts from a 1000 line poem about the end of the millennium hasn’t been flying off the shelves.
As a means of continuing his professional and personal development, in 2019 Jon spent a year working as a video producer for an Aboriginal media organisation in a remote community in Australia’s Northern Territory. The Warlpiri mob were fabulous to live and work with.
Jon is a CASA certified RPAS drone pilot and PADI open water diver. Jon owns neither a drone nor a scuba tank.
All artwork displayed is for sale on this page and is very limited in reproductions worldwide. The client will receive a certificate of authenticity to guarantee this. Please see each individual artwork for details and pricing. Artwork will be delivered using a premium DOOR to DOOR service to ensure import taxes are included and that your artwork can be fully tracked during delivery.
For many years, he has been on an inspired quest to understand the human spirit and how we express the soul in daily life. This journey has taken him around the globe, consulting with leading world experts in psychology and personal development, all of which have greatly enriched Parsons’ understanding of the human soul. Commissions have included celebrities, world class surfing athletes and leading edge philosophers including Karren Brady, Tom Curren and Ken Wilber.