Approved: 16.08.2006

Jenny Matthews

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Creation is a constant inspiration: plants, insects, landscapes and gardens. I work in watercolour, combining traditional watercolour techniques with more painterly, semi-abstract backgrounds. I enjoy the traditional skills of watercolour while at the same time pushing its boundaries. The paint itself is what excites me most about painting. Dame Elizabeth Blackadder has been especially influential

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Activities: Private commissions
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: watercolour acrylic flowers butterflies botanical painting paper Scottish
 
 
 

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    Biography

    Creation is a constant inspiration: plants, insects, landscapes and gardens. I work in watercolour, combining traditional watercolour techniques with more painterly, semi-abstract backgrounds. I enjoy the traditional skills of watercolour while at the same time pushing its boundaries. The paint itself is what excites me most about painting. Dame Elizabeth Blackadder has been especially influential as my tutor at Edinburgh College of Art for 3 years. Durer for his plant studies and portraits. I studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1982-1986, graduating with BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting. I have been a professional painter since 1986, exhibiting regularly around the UK, and more recently in Italy and France. I have taken part in over 100 group exhibitions, including Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and Royal Watercolour Society London, and had many solo exhibitions, the next being during the Edinburgh Festival 2016. I am Head of the Scottish branch of the International Watercolour Society (IWS Scotland)

    CV & Education

    2017: Thompson's Aldeburgh, 2-person show: summer (dates tbc)

    Smithy Gallery, Blanefield, Glasgow, 2-person show with Angus McEwan RWS RGI RSW: August (dates tbc)

    2016: Marche d'Acqua international watercolour prize exhibition, Fabriano, Italy: from 18 June

    Salon international de l'Aquarelle, St Yrieix la Perche, France:23 July - 21 August

    UNIONgallery, Edinburgh, solo show: 12 August - 12 September

    2015: Panter and Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London, Scottish show: 27 Jan - 20 Feb

    Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside, London, Annual Competition: 6 - 18 March, winner of Exhibitions Award

    Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside, London, Spring exhibition 'Watercolour etc': 27 March - 25 April

    Smithy Gallery, Blanefield, Glasgow, solo show: 31 May - 28 June

    UNIONgallery, Coast to Coast group show, 11 June - 5 July 

    Thompson's Aldeburgh, summer show: July/August

    Thompson's Marylebone, Scottish show: September

    Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside, London, Autumn exhibition

    Corrymella Scott Gallery, Sage Gateshead, Scottish show: November

    2014: UNIONgallery, Edinburgh, solo exhibition: 2 May – 2 June 

    ArTay, Perth: May

    Thompson's Aldeburgh, summer exhibition: June

    Edinburgh Art Fair (with Art in Healthcare): 14 – 16 November

    Corrymella Scott Gallery, Sage Gateshead, Scottish show: November

    2013: UNIONgallery, Edinburgh, ‘In the Company of Birds’ group exhibition, 7-27 February

    Thompson’s Aldeburgh, 2 person show with James Harrigan: 3-19 August

    Visual Arts Scotland, RSA, Edinburgh: February

    Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, RSA, Edinburgh: February

    2012Visual Arts Scotland, RSA, Edinburgh: February

    Watercolours + Works on Paper Art Fair (Thompson’s Gallery), London: Feb

    Royal Watercolour Society Annual Open Competition, London: Feb-March

    UNIONgallery, Edinburgh, 2 person show with Janet Melrose RSW: May

    Thompson’s Aldeburgh, summer exhibition

    East Cheshire Art Fair (invited artist): September

    Thompson’s Aldeburgh, Christmas show: November/December   

    16 solo exhibitions

    2011-1986: 90-100 group exhibitions incl. Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Visual Arts Scotland and Royal Watercolour Society annual exhibitions.

    Media:

    Artists & Illustrators Magazine, July 2012, interviewed for ‘Watercolour Today’ feature (with Thomas Plunkett PRWS)

    The Artist Magazine, article about Jenny’s working techniques, August 2009 issue

    The Scotsman, 5 Best for Scottish Watercolours, 2008

    The Scotsman, ‘My Seven Secrets of Survival: Jenny Matthews’, 2008

    Homes and Interiors Scotland Magazine, Main Artist Feature, 2005

    The Scotsman S2, ‘Top 20 of Scottish Art’, 2004

    Awards:

    Winner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Purchase Prize, Royal Watercolour Society, 21st Century

    Watercolour Competition, London, 2007

    Won Edinburgh College of Art Prize for Watercolour 1986