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Jean Firth

Jean Firth
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  • Biography
Jean Firth is an award-winning artist from the Borders town of Hawick, living and working in Aberdeen. Jean’s work is primarily a mixture of painting and sewing – influenced by and portraying her family and early life experiences. Through the process of layering, removing, and editing the paintings, Jean turns photos and memories of growing up into mythological events. They begin to drift away from reality, into surreal and tangential forays into remembering and making.
The sewn pieces, formed to imitate the image of the Virgin Mary, have become artefacts of the mother, childhood, and tactile comforts.

Jean graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2018 and remained in the city to continue making work in her studio at the Northern Arts Club which she shares with several other local artists.
Education

BA (Hons) Painting / Gray’s School of Art / 2014-2018
Group Exhibitions

Upcoming

Turn and Run, The Monkeys Ride / The Small Gallery ARI / Grampian Hospitals Art Trust / Aberdeen

Group Exhibitions

2020

SSA + VAS OPEN / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh

2019

RSA Annual Exhibition / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh

TAE19 / Out of the Blue Drill Hall / Edinburgh

Summer Exhibition / Northern Arts Club / Aberdeen

Alight (VAS Annual Exhibition) / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh

SSA Annual Exhibition / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh

2018

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show / Gray’s School of Art / Aberdeen

Fourth Year Painters / Edinbugh Palette / Edinburgh

2017

Tread Softly / Seventeen Gallery / Aberdeen

2016

Looking Forward / Pentland Fine Art Gallery / Aberdeen

Photography Show / White Space / Gray’s School of Art /
Aberdeen

Awards / Funding
2020
Purcell Paper Award

2018

Edinburgh Art Shop Prize

Aberdeen City Council Year of Young People Creative Funding

2017

Engie Award
waiting (shrouds)
  • Jean Firth
  • waiting (shrouds)
  • Painting
From the X62
  • Jean Firth
  • From the X62
  • Oil
remains (no suspect)
  • Jean Firth
  • remains (no suspect)
  • Painting
running/monkeys (study)
  • Jean Firth
  • running/monkeys (study)
  • Mixed Media
gas fire hissing hot
  • Jean Firth
  • gas fire hissing hot
  • Oil
Untitled (Marys) installation
  • Jean Firth
  • Untitled (Marys) installation
  • Stitched

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